Finn Harps are set for a boost to their coffers after utility player Ethan Boyle signed for Premier Division Shamrock Rovers this afternoon.
Boyle, an Irish Under-21 international, signed for Harps ahead of the 2016 season and played for two full seasons at Finn Park.
Now, though, following the club’s relegation, Boyle has joined the Hoops. Sligo Rovers were also interested in Boyle, but he has plumped for Rovers.
Given that Boyle had been offered a new deal at Harps, the Donegal club is now due a compensation fee, thought to be between €8-€10,000, from the move.
— Shamrock Rovers F.C. (@ShamrockRovers) November 28, 2017
Boyle was delighted to sign for the Hoops saying, “It didn’t take much persuasion,” he said.
“It’s a big club and the thought of playing for Shamrock Rovers is quite a big thing so I was more than happy to join. I’m very excited, I can’t wait to get to pre-season and hopefully get myself a starting position and hold it down.
“I think I’ve come on a lot. I’ve spent two years in the Premier Division, that’s a lot of experience for me. I really enjoyed it at Finn Harps. I made a lot of friends there and a lot of personal goals came through for me. Certain aspects of my game have been improved and still need to be improved and I’m sure that’ll happen here.”
At the weekend, Boyle hinted that his time at Harps was up when he tweeted: “I would like to thank the players, management, fans and anyone involved with @FinnHarpsFC for an enjoyable 2 year spell with the club.”
I would like to thanks the players, management, fans and anyone involved with @FinnHarpsFC for an enjoyable 2 year spell with the club and wish them nothing but success going forward. Made some great friends and personal goals come true so will forever be grateful to the club?⚽ pic.twitter.com/GbRZ2dBhfD
— Ethan Boyle (@ethanboyle22) November 25, 2017