Danny Morrissey said his time spent playing under Ollie Horgan with the Republic of Ireland schoolboys was one of the reasons why he decided to join Finn Harps.
The striker agreed terms with Harps over the weekend after spending six seasons with Cork City.
“I knew Ollie quite well when I was in the Irish international schoolboys side as he was the manager then and that was one of the reasons I decided to join Harps,” Morrissey said.
The striker had played underage with his native Middleton in the east of the county before signing for Cork City as a 16-year-old in 2010. And the youngster made his senior debut for the club that season.
At different times injuries limited his first team appearances but his best season with the Turners Cross club was 2013 when his form attracted interest from cross-channel clubs and there were a few trials but no move materialized.
Last season Morrissey played just a couple of League games under John Caufield but still managed to score two goals in a game against Longford Town and he was also on the mark against Derry City. He netted the winner in a 1-0 FAI Cup semi-final win over Bray Wanderers in 2015.
While his appearances were very limited in the season gone by, Morrissey was a regular on the bench but disappointingly for him was left out of the match day squad for the dramatic late extra-time FAI Cup Final victory over Dundalk at the Aviva at the beginning of the month.
“The boys were going very well from early in the season so it was very hard to get into the team," he said.
"Things were going well in the league and Europe and that made it very difficult for me. And that was one of the deciding factors in that Ollie is going to give me the chance of regular team football at Finn Harps.
"I want to prove myself and the only way you can do that is by playing more games. My job will be to score goals and help the team to get as many points as possible” Morrissey said.
It will be the 22-year-old’s first time to move away from Cork but he is clearly relishing the new challenge.
“I saw at first hand the passion that the fans have for Harps when we played them up in Ballybofey a couple of months ago and we just managed to get a 1-0 win. I’m going up there at the beginning of January just before pre-season starts. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge and getting settled into new accommodation in Letterkenny.” Morrissey concluded.