FINN HARPS have made a dramatic return to the ranks of the Ulster Senior League, it has been confirmed.
The news follows negotiations between Harps officials and the Ulster Senior League executive.
League Chiefs have been keen to add more teams to a League that has been reduced to six participants of late.
Harps’ return takes the competing number of teams back up to seven.
While the new USL season has already started, Harps will not compete in the League Cup and the fixture list will be redrawn to accommodate their inclusion, although Harps will have a free weekend this week.
There has been no confirmation about the make-up of the management of the Harps side but it is believed that there will be active involvement from coaches already in position at Finn Park.
Harps have reformed their youth structure in the last year with Joe Boyle (U-19), Declan Boyle (U-17) and Trevor Scanlon (academy) all having been appointed to senior roles.
Harps, who last won the USL in 1999, have been in and out of the League at different intervals since.
In February 2015, they withdrew following three heavy defeats at the start of an interim season.
This evening’s news comes as a big boost to both Harps and the Ulster Senior League.
Niall Callaghan Secretary of the League said in a statement released on the League’s Facebook page: “This is great news for the league and we’re delighted that the senior team in the county has made this commitment and see the need for the retention of Intermediate football in the county. I’d also like to thank Finn Harps for their professionalism during our recent discussions and we look forward to working with them over the coming seasons”