Sunderland star McClean almost joined Lincoln

Sunderland star James McClean could easily have been running around for Lincoln City this season. McClean was all set to sign for Lincoln before getting a call from Stephen Kenny.

Sunderland star James McClean could easily have been running around for Lincoln City this season.

McClean was all set to sign for Lincoln before getting a call from Stephen Kenny.

"He went over and he wasn't happy," recalled his old Derry boss Kenny to the Irish Independent. "It didn't feel right for him. I rang and said I was making the decision to stay with Derry and start from scratch (with a reformed club) and he said, 'Well, if you're staying on, I want to come home and give it a go.' His father rang Chris Sutton (then Lincoln boss) and, to be fair to them, they were understanding, and ripped his contract up."

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