Horgan casting his eye over potential Harps signings

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Horgan casting his eye over potential Harps signings
Finn Harps returned to pre-season training on Monday night at Ballyare with a number of familiar faces in with a chance of joining before the season kicks off.

Finn Harps returned to pre-season training on Monday night at Ballyare with a number of familiar faces in with a chance of joining before the season kicks off.

Former Harps players Michéal Doherty, Gareth Harkin and Davitt Walsh were part of the get-together, as were David Shovlin and Anthony Appiah.

The quintet are among those who hope to impress new Harps manager Ollie Horgan ahead of the visit of Waterford United on March 7 in the Airtricity League First Division.

There’s a number of players we are looking at and will continue to look at in the next week or two,” Horgan said yesterday. “We were happy just to get back training.”

Doherty, who can play in midfield or attack, played for Harps last season but parted company with the club to join Drumoghill in the Donegal League, while Harkin and Walsh both played under Horgan at Fanad United.

Midfielder Harkin is 26 and has just recently returned from Australia. He played for Harps in 2011 and has also represented Coleraine, Derry City and Limavady United.

Striker Walsh first appeared for Harps as far back as 2006 under Anthony Gorman and the 27-year-old had a second spell in 2010.

The Portsalon native also lined out for Derry City U-21s, Shelbourne, Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery.

Appiah is a striker who has played for Bonagee United in the Ulster Senior League and Shovlin can play wide or up front.

The 23-year-old was at Drumkeen United last season but has senior experience with Salthill Devon.

Horgan will be looking to add to the 11 players he has already secured for next season - Kevin McHugh, Packie Mailey, Michael Funston, Sean McCarron, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll, James Doherty, Damien McNulty, Josh Mailey, Mark Forker and Tommy Bonnar.

Harps, who were due for strength and conditioning at Optimal Fitness in Letterkenny last night, take on Ulster Senior League winners Cockhill Celtic at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Ground where a number of the hopefuls will get their chance on Saturday at 2pm. Harps then take on Drumkeen United, the League Cup and league runners-up, on Wednesday evening