Grant McCann on his way to Linfield to pair up with manager Warren Feeny

Grant McCann on his way to Linfield to pair up with manager Warren Feeney

IT is being seen as a major coup for the Blues with experienced Northern Ireland midfielder Grant McCann is expected to complete a free transfer from Peterborough United to Linfield later today.

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson had admitted that the 34-year-old needed to leave the League One club if he wanted to play more regularly.

At the weekend Linfield manager Warren Feeney said he was closing in on a player who knew the game inside out.

Former West Ham player McCann has 39 Northern Ireland caps.

Feeney, a former international team-mate of McCann’s, will see the signing as a significant boost to Linfield’s challenge for the Irish Premiership title.

The Windsor Park club are currently second in the table, one point behind Crusaders
McCann, who has become a fans’ favourite at Peterborough, recently combined his playing role with a coaching position at the club’s youth academy.

He is no longer a first team regular, but manager Ferguson insisted there had not been any fall-out.

“Grant wants to play every week, but I think he would be better off doing more coaching,” Ferguson told the Peterborough Telegraph.

“I have a lot of younger midfielders at the club and I think that is the way to go, and Grant respects that totally.

“Grant has done a great job with many of our younger players, but if he wants to carry on playing regularly then he might have to leave.”

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