Buncrana Hearts midfielder Kieran McDaid and pals dupe transfer deadline day

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Buncrana Hearts midfielder Kieran McDaid and pals dupe transfer deadline day
A Buncrana Hearts footballer who, as it turns out, has not signed for Exeter City insists it would’ve been his dream to play alongside Clinton Morrison.

A Buncrana Hearts footballer who, as it turns out, has not signed for Exeter City insists it would’ve been his dream to play alongside Clinton Morrison.

Monday’s transfer deadline day - the biannual conclusion of the transfer window for clubs - failed to reach the heights of yesteryear.

However, Kieran McDaid, a midfielder for his hometown club Buncrana Hearts, certainly made a name for himself - albeit in comical circumstances.

That said, McDaid will not get the opportunity to link up with Morrison, the 35-year-old former Republic of Ireland international, who plays for League Two Exeter City.

Twenty-three-year-old McDaid is undertaking the one-year FAS/FAI Youth Soccer Training Course and was in class in Castlebar, Co Mayo, on Monday afternoon.

“My friend Rory from home tries this - where he tries to start rumours - every transfer deadline day,” McDaid says. “But it’s never taken off.”

McDaid’s friend Rory Kelly is a goalkeeper who has been on the books of both Finn Harps and Derry City.

In 2012, Kelly, via Twitter, linked “Irish Wonderkid” McDaid to possible moves to Accrington Stanley, Bristol Rovers and Doncaster, as well as Maccabi Haifa, who play in the Ligat HaAl - the Israeli Premier League.

A year later, McDaid was “poised” to sign for Bradford City on a three-year deal.

“On Monday afternoon Rory put up a tweet saying I was going to Exeter City,” McDaid said. “I was in class and one of my friends, Patrick Moran from Mayo, was showing me.

“Then, from my account he put up a tweet saying ‘Big thanks to all at Buncrana Hearts for all they’ve done, looking forward to my next opportunity with Exeter City.’

“People on Twitter starting asking who this kid was. Then there were a few Exeter fans who were just glad they’d signed someone in the transfer window.

“My friends in the course followed it up by sending me tweets congratulating me on the move so people thought it was really happening.”

The rumour concerning McDaid’s future was said to have been posted on Sky Sports’ website but although screen-grabs have been circulated, the company reportedly refutes such claims.

However, Exeter City supporters were certainly content with the news.

“Another friend of mine, Matty Flanagan decided to photoshop my face onto an Exeter jersey,” McDaid added.

“The Exeter fans were even welcoming me to the club.”

In the UK, The Exeter Express & Echo ran a story on Tuesday under the headline: ‘Exeter City fans red-faced after falling for online deadline day prank.’

McDaid, once the furore dies down will concentrate his efforts on helping Buncrana Hearts climb the Inishowen League, where they currently sit in third place.

He added: “My phone never cooled since. It was good craic but of course I’d have loved to have played with Clinton!”