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Published: 11:38 | 3/2/16

McClean leads tributes to Mark Farren

Ireland winger James McClean has led the tributes to his former Derry City team-mate Mark Farren, who has died at the age of 33.

McClean played with the Candystripes' all-time record scorer between 2008 and 2011, and described the Donegal-born striker as "a great player and an even better man".

Farren was diagnosed with having a grade four brain tumour last year and underwent revolutionary treatment in Mexico following a successful fundraising campaign, which included a donation of £1,000 from McClean and one of £5,000 from McClean's international team-mate Seamus Coleman.

Although the treatment undoubtedly improved Farren's quality of life in his final months, it ultimately proved unsuccessful, with Derry City confirming his death in a statement on Tuesday morning.

"It is with great sadness that we learn this morning of the passing of the club's all-time top goal scorer Mark Farren," the statement read.

Northern Ireland's deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness also paid tribute to Farren, calling his death "heart-breaking" and describing him as a "Derry City legend, great footballer & gentleman".

Farren, who became Derry City's all-time record scorer in 2012 when he overtook Liam Coyle's tally of 112 goals, also played for played for Finn Harps, Monaghan United and Glenavon.

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