September 2008: McClean makes league debut for Derry City v Cork City
September 2008: Makes U21 debut for Northern Ireland v Germany
November 2009: Derry City are expelled from the league for financial irregularities but later readmitted to First Division. League Two side Lincoln City's manager Chris Suutton makes a bid to sign McClean.
December 2009: McClean signs new contract with Derry City ahead of First Division campaign
October 2010: McClean helps Derry win First Division title and promotion back to top flight.
June 2011: Interest in McClean hots up with Blackpool making a bid
July 2011: McClean features for Airtricity XI in Dublin Super Cup
August 2011: McClean turns down offer of a place in Northern Ireland squad and declares for the Republic. Sunderland outbid Celtic and Peterborough by paying Derry £400,000 to sign McClean
December 2011: Makes Sunderland debut as sub v Blackburn
January 2012: Scores first goal for Sunderland v Wigan
February 2012: McClean makes it 3 goals in 11 games for the Black Cats with the winner v Stoke