Stephen Doherty and Kieran Farren have made the move from the Harps U19 squad to being a part of Ollie Horgan's first team squad for the upcoming 2020 season. Both featured in first team squads last season and will be no doubt looking to work their way into bigger roles as 2020 progresses. Farren can play in defence or midfield made his first Harps appearance in the last league game of 2019 at the Brandywell, while midfielder Stephen Doherty marked his first team debut with the winning goal against Sligo in an EA Sports Cup game at the start of April.
Stephen Doherty said, "From the day you first sign for the club your aim is to step up and sign for the first team." On goals for the coming year, Stephen is not looking too far ahead, "It's just about getting in for preseason and trying to prove a point and hopefully play as many games as possible and help the team out".
Kieran Farren said "It feels great to sign for the season ahead. I'm looking forward to getting in for preseason, start well and hopefully get a good preseason under my belt. Since I came into the club everyone has been welcoming so I am glad to remain for another year." Looking forward, Kieran is under no illusions about the challenge ahead, "I want to play as much as possible but I know it's going to be tough, I need to work hard and get a good preseason done and take it from there."
Ollie Horgan is happy to see young players make the step up, while highlighting the magnitude of the task before them, "I am delighted to have Kieran and Stephen aboard for 2020. It's a savage league and with Shels coming up it will probably be even harder again next season. It's up to the two lads to work hard and show what they can do as the year progresses."
Head of Academy Kevin McHugh welcomed the signings, saying "We are delighted to see the boys step up to the first team squad for 2020. At the Harps Academy we focus on developing players and seeing Kieran and Stephen progress like this is great to see. It shows the players in the underage squads that the pathway is there, and although it isn't easy, they can make it through to the Harps senior side."
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