Cantwell, Morrissey on how belief in Ollie Horgan lured them to Finn Harps

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NEW SIGNINGS Killian Cantwell and Danny Morrissey have told how they signed for Finn Harps because of manager Ollie Horgan.

Cantwell’s signature was confirmed by the club yesterday with the centre-back moving to Harps from Galway United.

Morrissey is a highly-rated striker who lined out for Cork City.

Both players will move to Donegal, Morrissey from Middletown and Cantwell coming from Kilkenny having been based in Galway during his time with the Tribesmen.

The pair will be on full-time contracts this season, along with Ethan Boyle, the Wexford native having signed for a second term at Finn Park.

All three played for the Irish Schoolboys team under Horgan.

The captures of Cantwell and Morrissey are seen as big coups by the Harps boss.

“This time last year there was a great drive from getting promoted and I don’t see why we can’t have the same drive,” Horgan said.

“Staying up was a bigger achievement than getting promoted.

“Getting players over the line is easier said than done, but we’d hope to have a team to compete in the League.”

Cantwell had spells with UCD, Waterford United and Wexford Youths before spending the last two seasons with Galway United, lining out 28 times last season.

“Ollie was very honest with me when I met him and I played with him before – it was very easy to put pen to paper,” Cantwell said.

“I can see from the squad that everyone is pushing in the right direction. It’ll be a battle, but it’s important from the first game that we do everything right.”

Morrissey had an injury-troubled time at Cork, but this was a player who scored the winning goal in the FAI Cup semi-final against Bray Wanderers in 2015.

“Once I met Ollie, I just wanted to get back playing games,” Morrissey said.

“I played with Ollie at the Irish Schools. I’m not young anymore, I’m 23 now, and I just want to get back playing. I picked up a few injuries at Cork and didn’t get as many games as I’d have liked, but I’m looking forward to playing with Harps and helping them do well.”

 

 

 

 

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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