Finn Harps will play their last pre-season friendly this Friday night when they make the trip to Oriel Park for a game with Premier Division Dundalk.
Harps boss Ollie Horgan has admitted that his team’s preparations for Friday week’s league opener against Waterford United have not been ideal because of the unavailability of pitches due to the bad weather.
However, the new manager says the game with Waterford can’t come quick enough and he’s “itching to get going.”
“It’s been tough on everbody over the last few weeks,” he said. “The lads have been training well but when there’s so much uncertainty about pitches and the weather, it’s never easy.
“We’ve been training on astro-turf and we played Sligo Rovers on astro as well. We went to Dublin on Saturday and the game (against UCD) was also going to be on astro, but I told them we’d come to Dublin to play on a grass pitch and fair play to them, they got us a grass pitch.
“We’ve got Dundalk on Friday night now and of course, that’s going to be on astro-turf as well. To be honest, it’s probably the same for every other club too. At this stage you just want the season to start and get on with it.”
Horgan travelled from Dublin to Galway after his team’s friendly with UCD on Saturday to take in Galway’s 1-0 pre-season friendly victory against Athlone Town.
“Galway looked very good, they were very impressive,” he said.
In the meantime, as the countdown to Friday week’s opening night of league games continues, Horgan says he will finalise his squad after Friday night’s game with Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk. He has not yet decided on whether to sign David Shovelin and Graham Fisher - two players who came off the bench in Saturday’s game with UCD.
Shovelin, who played last season in the Ulster Senior league with Drumkeen United, has been training with Harps while Canadian national, Graham Fisher, a midfielder, is also hoping to be added to Horgan’s squad.