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Finn Harps 2017 – What lies ahead?

Connor McGinty

On a night where the general aims for the season were outlined it can be said that Finn Harps are indeed a club who are looking to move forward in this upcoming season.

Progress was the main topic of discussion, when other teams have went bust in season’s gone by that the club survived thanks to those who rallied around the club.

A campaign was launched called ‘revive and thrive’ to attract supporters to the first game which drew 1300 at home to Salthill Devon an example of a club no longer in the league. A similar strategy is set to be in place for the first home game against Cork City on the 24th of February.

With 160 and counting kids in the academies for the upcoming 2017 season and the addition of club legend Kevin McHugh to the coaching panel it’s sure to be a huge beneficiary to a club of this size. Ollie spoke of his gratitude towards the underage system praising the structure in place with both the 17’s and 19’s reaching their respective playoff’s.

Harps as many have seen signed a contract with Joma to be the clubs supplier for the next 3 years. Talk of a club shop and potentially a “high street outlet” would be ideal for both supporters and income for the club. Social media was outlined as a big area that helped towards sponsorship, In particular ‘Mobstats’ which allows fans to chat together and follow live matches online and offers stats to the club who can then present to sponsors adding to the fans experience and the club also.

When questioned on the threat a 10 team premier division may have in terms of signings and mentality Ollie outlined geography as a big factor. “When players have been approached the effect of having to travel with better offers nearby its does become a factor.”

Killian Cantwell became the latest to sign who was in attendance and spoke of his joy to join a great club “having played for Ollie at underage.” Ethan Boyle was also in attendance and mentioned that “the belief is there and I think we will stay up” which was echoed by the fans to see an exciting season up ahead.

Harps now travel to Lissywoolen to face Athlone Town on the 28th of January with games against the Inishowen Oscar Traynor side, Longford Town, Institute and Shelbourne the week before the season starts.

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