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Offer for James McClean's brother from Championship club is 'derisory', claim Derry


Patrick McClean

Patrick McClean

Patrick McClean

DERRY City have knocked back what they say is a "derisory" bid from a Championship club for James McClean's brother.

Patrick McClean (pictured), the 18-year-old brother of Ireland star James, had a trial with Championship newcomers Bristol City earlier this year, and the League One champions have made a formal bid for the defender, who has yet to make his league debut for the Candystripes.

But the offer has not been entertained by the Brandywell club.

"Bristol City have made an offer for Patrick McClean and that offer is considered a derisory offer, one which we dismissed immediately," a Derry spokesman told the Londonderry Sentinel.

"Obviously we've informed Patrick but, to be fair, he appears to be keen to remain at Derry City to further his development.

"Patrick had recently been promoted to our first-team panel thanks to his progress within the U19 squad and while we're delighted to see Bristol City express an interest in him, we're not prepared to let him - or any other player - leave the club unless the terms are right, both for the player concerned and for Derry City Football Club."

George Kelly, who joined McClean on trial with the Robins, made his league debut for Premier Division strugglers Derry last week.

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