STEPHEN Doherty says the power of the collective helped push Finn Harps to Premier Division survival in 2020.
The young midfielder had signed a new contract at Finn Park for the 2021 season and will hope to break his way further into Ollie Horgan’s plans next year.
The Illies man played for Harps at under-17 and under-19 levels before moving into the first team.
“I’m delighted to be back,” Doherty said.
“Last year was very tough with everything going on but I think we really pulled together at the end and it was great to avoid a playoff.
“Hopefully now we’ll get back in, have a good preseason and kick on once the season starts.”
Harps boss Ollie Horgan said: “Stephen is a good lad and has been with the club for a few years now and knows what we’re about.
“Last year we’d a very strong squad and competition for places was tough but that can only stand to him going forward, learning from some of the more experienced lads and plugging away in training.”
Harps Academy Director and former striker Kevin McHugh added: “He’s a great example of having to bide your time, hold your tongue and work hard,
“It’s tough jumping from 19s to our 1st team. That time in and around our senior players, the tempo of training and games, watching how they carry themselves, seeing what they do away from the club in terms of conditioning and preparing/recovering from games, these are all huge parts of being a senior player.”Tags: