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Car' in gear for McGinty

CARLISLE UNITED are confident that Ireland U19 cap Sean McGinty will learn from his loan spell with the League One side after Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson approved the loan deal.

The defender, capped at U17 and U19 level by Ireland as he qualifies through his Mayo-born grandfather, has yet to play for Carlisle since moving on loan from Old Trafford but manger Greg Abbott says the player will get a chance.

"You do want to make sure players like this get some football, then go back and tell their manager so we can do things like this again," added the Blues manager.

"Alex (Ferguson) knows his players, where they are, the type of job they can do. I thank and commend him and his club for allowing this to happen.

"Other people were prepared to give us players but we had to make sure we knew what was coming, and I've seen Sean and know a lot about him," Abbot added.

Twigg signs off in style

GARY TWIGG has finally signed off on his time with Shamrock Rovers by picking up yet another honour as he was named as October's player of the month by the Airtricity Soccer Writers Association.

Twigg, who has quit Rovers to hook up with Irish League side Portadown, finished off the season with six goals in four games and he's happy to have ended his time with the Hoops on a winning note.

'It is the fourth time that I have won the award, so I'm quite pleased. Getting personal accolades is always nice, but it is a team sport and you would always prefer to win things as part of a team," says Twigg.

"But I suppose it is recognition of doing well and it is nice for people to appreciate what you have done.

"Winning the award again is a nice way to sign off with Rovers and with the League."

Derry deal for Devine

DERRY CITY have rewarded their FAI Cup-winning boss Declan Devine with a new contract.

The 39-year-old will stay on at the Brandywell for at least another two seasons as a reward for winning the Cup against St Patrick's Athletic last week.