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Friday 24 March 2017

Harps move on the horizon for veteran McCourt

Paddy McCourt. Pic: Sportsfile
Paddy McCourt. Pic: Sportsfile

Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt is in line for a return to the League of Ireland, this time in the colours of Finn Harps.

The former Derry City and Shamrock Rovers star has been a free agent since he left Glenavon last year and while he did train with Dundalk for a spell, no deal was completed. But McCourt, who is living in Donegal, has recently been training with Harps and is expected to line out for Ollie Horgan's side in a friendly away to Cabinteely today.

If Harps can secure his signature, it would be a major boost for the Donegal club in what is likely to be a battle to stay in the Premier Division.

Now 33, McCourt had one of the best spells of his career with Derry City (2005-08), earning a move to Celtic and he has since played for Barnsley, Brighton, Luton and Glenavon.

Meanwhile, Stephen Kenny has lured an ex-League of Ireland player back to the league with the signing of striker Tommy Stewart.

Stewart (30) played under Kenny at Derry City and also won a league title with Shamrock Rovers, before heading off to play in the USA and Canada, but Kenny hopes that the ex-Linfield man can bring goals to Oriel Park.

"I've worked well with Stephen before. He has worked with a lot of good players and he has helped a lot of players push on in their careers," says Stewart.

"I've won quite a few things over the years so I'm coming back now and that's my aim, to continue and hopefully win something."

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