It’s not really Ollie Horgan’s style but about five hours before kick-off last Friday he told new signing Jordan Loftus he would be playing centre-forward against Waterford United at the RSC.
Harps had drawn their previous five outings in the SSE Airtricity League Division One and Loftus had been brought in from Sligo Rovers last month to fill the void of a former teammate Ruairí Keating.
“When I was linked with Harps I asked Ruairí what he thought,” 19-year-old Loftus said this week,
“He was full of praise and told me to go for it.”
As Loftus put on his headphones and geared himself for Waterford United, he recalled scoring a hat-trick on his last outing in the south-east in a 5-2 win for Sligo in the U-19 League.
“Ollie told me I was starting and to focus on the game,” Loftus added. “I’d been at Harps a month and they’ve been very good to me.
“Kevin McHugh has really taken me under his wing and with Sean McCarron playing wide left, we were working well together.”
By half-time Loftus had scored twice and Harps were 2-0 up at the RSC. By full-time that status quo remained.
“I was delighted,” he said. “Harps have given me the chance to play senior football and it was great to get two goals to start with.
“Ruairí text me ‘congratulations’ afterwards, which was nice of him.”
Loftus made a brief Premier Division appearance for Sligo against Derry City earlier this season and his objective between now and the end of the campaign is to try and drive Harps towards the top three in Division One.
This Friday though, it’s an FAI Cup third round tie against Wexford Youths.
“I was on the bench for Sligo against Dundalk in the cup but am fine to play,” Loftus, a native of Castlebar, added.
“I’m just hoping to get as many games under my belt and hopefully we can keeping winning and I can score a few goals.
“Harps have a good squad here and are I’m improving. I’m delighted to be part of it.”