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Derry City have signed striker Michael Rafter, as they hope to build on the success of their 2012 FAI Cup winning season

Derry City manager Declan Devine has made his third signing this winter, capturing Dundalk striker Michael Rafter.

Rafter joins fellow new recruits Sean Houston and Paddy Kavanagh at the Brandywell, and will add experience to the attack, having sealed a one-year-deal with the FAI Cup champions. The 20-year-old is a former Ireland underage international, and made headlines when he kept Dundalk in the Premier Division with two goals in the relegation playoff against Waterford United.

Speaking to the Londonderry Sentinel after signing for the Candystripes, Rafter said “I’m delighted to have signed for such a big club as Derry City.  They are steeped in history and I just think we are signing good players and we are looking to expand on what they did last year.

“They had a good season and ended it by winning the FAI Cup and I think they can push for the league this year. They were a match for any team last year.  I definitely think we can push on this year. I feel we are going to be very strong if we can keep everybody fit and as I have said, competition for places is going to be brilliant.”

Derry are also linked with fellow Dundalk striker Mark Griffin, while Davy McDaid could be on his way out of the club after a trial with Fleetwood Town last week.