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Star continues to rise

A week's wages for James McClean in March 2011 is now what he earns every three hours in March 2012 after the Derry native's incredible rise to prominence.

Twelve months ago, McClean was relatively unknown at League of Ireland Premier Division level, and was about to embark on an impressive run of form that attracted numerous cross-channel scouts to the Brandywell. Although he didn't produce his best in the Dublin Super Cup, Sunderland scout Bryan 'Pop' Robson had already seen enough to recruit the left winger who was then earning around £400 a week.

His original deal at the Stadium of Light was close to £4,000 a week, a substantial rise for a player who spent his initial months in England kicking his heels in the reserves while Steve Bruce dithered.

It was the arrival of Martin O'Neill that gave McClean his opportunity and his outstanding form over the winter prompted contract talks. Now, the talented wide man has penned a deal with bonuses that is understood to be worth in the region of £25,000 a week until 2015.

That's around £3,500 a day, more than eight times as much as what he picked up for seven day's endeavour in Derry colours last year.

IN NUMBERS

March 2011: £400 a week.

August 2011: £4,000 a week.

March 2012: £25,000 a week including bonuses.

Irish Independent