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TEN YEARS ON

Derry City sign ex-Man United striker who cost £1million when he was 14

John Cofie cost Man United £1million when he was just 14 but will now be turning out for League of Ireland side Derry City

Ten years ago Man United signed a 14-year-old striker for £1million.

John Cofie left Burnley for Old Trafford while still not allowed to buy a lottery ticket or pilot a glider.

So, ten years on, was it a straightforward route to superstardom? Not quite.


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The likely lads

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The likely lads

Cofie has just signed for League of Ireland side Derry City, along with four other new recruits.

Speaking on the signing, Derry manager Kenny Shiels said: “This is a good opportunity for him to resurrect his career.”

It will be the 14th move of the 24-year-old’s career.

Cofie playing for Non-League side Southport

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Cofie playing for Non-League side Southport

Two years after signing for United Cofie was sent out on loan to Royal Antwerp, with short-term spells at Sheffield United, where he scored twice, and Notts County following.

Upon finishing his loan spell with County Cofie was allowed to join Championship outfit Barnsley on a permanent basis.

A year later he moved to Norwegian side Molde but was released without making an appearance for the club.

He then had spells at Crawley Town, Wrexham, Telford United, Southport, Bradford Park Avenue, Chorley and Stalybridge Celtic before making the move to Ireland.

Spot any familiar faces?

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Spot any familiar faces?

There will be plenty of intrigue surrounding Cofie’s move to Derry.

After all, it’s not very often a former England youth international who played with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard comes to town.

You never know, with the luck of the Irish he might be back in England scoring in the Premier League in the future.