McGowan among those about to pen deals with Harps

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

McGowan among those about to pen deals with Harps
Finn Harps are expected to add to their numbers in the coming days as Ollie Horgan continues to put a squad together ahead of the upcoming Airtricity League season.

Finn Harps are expected to add to their numbers in the coming days as Ollie Horgan continues to put a squad together ahead of the upcoming Airtricity League season.

Familiar faces Shaun McGowan, Johnny Bonner and Michéal Doherty have agreed to re-sign for the Ballybofey club, while Matthew Henry is also on the verge of putting pen to paper.

Central midfielder McGowan, who is 29, was part of Harps’ First Division winning side of 2004 and was representing St Patrick’s FC from Castlederg, Co Tyrone, in the close season.

Wide-player Bonner was a part of Peter Hutton’s first team squad last season and played last Saturday as an experimental Harps went down 2-1 against Cockhill Celtic. He was most recently on Buncrana Hearts’ books.

Doherty, who is 21, was also part of Hutton’s plans having represented Harps 17 times, parted company with the Ballybofey side in September and has been wearing the colours of Drumoghill FC since.

Henry featured in the Inishowen League in recent years with both Carrowmena and Greencastle United. The 24-year-old was also on the books of Derry City, where he made the first team’s substitutes’ bench and featured regularly for the Ulster Senior League team.

The quartet will join the 11 players already signed by Horgan - Kevin McHugh, Packie Mailey, Michael Funston, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll, James Doherty, Mark Forker, Thomas Bonnar, Damian McNulty, Sean McCarron and Josh Mailey.

And with Harps finishing up their Dr Tony O’Neill Under-19 League season with a home fixture against Derry City this weekend, Horgan will sign players from that squad next week.

“It’s beginning to take shape,” he said. “It’s a long process and sometimes there’s players you thought you had but we’ll get there. It can be frustrating at times but that won’t phase me and we will stick at it.”

Harps also confirmed they will play UCD at Gortakeegan in Monaghan on Saturday, February 22.

That pre-season fixture will be added to fixtures that have already been confirmed. On Sunday, February 2, Harps face Cork City in Galway. They welcome Sligo Rovers to and the Irish International Schools team on Saturday 15 and Wednesday 19 before visiting Dundalk on Friday 28.

Horgan will use the fixture tonight, Wednesday, against Drumkeen United to trial more hopefuls ahead of the new season, which begins with a home fixture against Waterford United on March 7.

Harps take on Drumkeen at 7:30pm at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar.