Trio commit to the Candystripes for 2021

Mon, Jan 11 2021
Darren Cole

Darren Cole Credit: Paul Dolan (ETPhotos)

Derry City have confirmed that Cameron McJannet, Darren Cole and James Akintunde have re-signed with the club for the 2021 season.

McJannet signed a one year deal earlier this week after becoming an ever-present towards the back end of 2020 for the Candystripes as he stepped in for the injured Ally Gilchrist.

The former Stoke City defender was outstanding in his short stint at the Brandywell and manager Declan Devine has made it a priority for re-signing over the winter,

“Cameron was brilliant for us last year and I’m delighted to have managed to get him back,” Devine told the club’s media.

With Scotsman Darren Cole committed for the new season, he is now Derry’s joint longest serving player alongside Eoin Toal.

The 29-year-old defender will enter his fifth season at the Brandywell having been tracked by clubs both sides of the border during the off season.

“Everybody knows the quality Darren Cole brings to the club, he struggled with injury last season but when he is fit there are few better, more versatile defenders in the league” Devine said.

James Akintunde is also back at the Brandywell for 2021 having impressed during his short stint last season.

The forward scored four goals in ten appearances for the Candystripes having joined them from Maidenhead United.

Declan Devine told Derry’s media team that he was determined to bring the Londoner back.

“James did a brilliant job for us after the re-start last season even though he would say himself he wasn’t fully fit when he arrived.”

“In my opinion James has a huge part to play for this club in 2021 and I have no doubt that our supporters will see plenty of hum throughout the season” he added.

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