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Ruaidhrí Higgins confirms that Cameron McJannet is poised to leave Derry City

The defender’s last act as a player looks like being an assist which has kept their title hopes alive

Derry City Cameron McJannet with Aodh Dervin of Galway United at the Brandywell on Friday night. Picture Margaret McLaughlin  29-3-2024
Cameron McJannet looks set to leave Derry City for Grimsby. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin (MARGARET MCLAUGHLIN PHOTOGRAPHY )

DERRY City manager Ruaidhrí Higgins has confirmed defender Cameron McJannet may leave the club next month.

The centre-back, who came off the bench to set-up Daniel Mullen’s 94th-minute winner at Bohemians on Thursday night, looks set to join English League Two side Grimsby Town.

“The clubs are speaking,” said Higgins.

“Cameron is an English lad and he has been an amazing servant to this club, his contract is up at the end of the season, so we’ll see what develops.

“He’s a great lad and he has been great for the club, so whatever happens, happens and if he does leave, it will be with our best wishes.

“We’ve got really good options in that centre-back department. Shane [McEleney] and Mark Connolly have been outstanding over the last few weeks. Sam Todd is going to be a top centre-back in this league and Ciaran Coll can play inside. Nothing is finalised at all, but if Cameron does move on we’ve good options and we might look to add to our squad during the transfer window.”

The Limavady man was speaking after his side’s come-from-behind victory at Dalymount Park, which gives the Brandywell squad a spring in their step going into the mid-season break.

Trailing to Danny Grant’s goal, City midfielder Sadou Diallo levelled things before McJannet nodded down for Mullen’s stoppage-time strike, much to Higgins’ delight.

“It’s an amazing feeling and nothing beats a last-minute goal,” he said.

“It was an absolutely brilliant winning goal and the players deserve immense credit, I’m so proud of them.

“I see what they put in on a weekly basis and I see how much it means to them and I’m really pleased for Danny Mullen, because he’s had to be extremely patient, but he’s got some huge goals for us already this season.

“That winner was his sixth league goal of the season, so he should be really proud of himself. He conducts himself brilliantly, he comes in every day and he’s last off the training pitch.

“But listen, it has been a group effort and we’ve had a good couple of weeks and we’ve set ourselves up nicely to attack the last 13 league games.”

The 39-year-old felt Alan Reynolds’ Bohs side started the encounter on the front foot, but he was thrilled by his side’s never-say-die attitude and felt Mullen’s late goal was just rewards for his boys.

“We didn’t start the game well and in the first 15 minutes they were the better team, we were sloppy but from the minute they went in front we responded brilliantly,” he said.

“Wins are hard-fought in this league and it’s an extremely competitive league, so to get three league wins on the spin is difficult and the players deserve all the credit and they can now go and enjoy a few days off and then come back fresh, ready for the final 13 league games.”