Coleraine boss Oran Kearney retains hope of keeping Ruairi Harkin

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney
Coleraine manager Oran Kearney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney hasn’t given up hope of holding on to talented midfielder Ruairi Harkin.

The former Derry City is out of contract next month and is on the wish-list off a number of clubs, both north and south of the border.

Kearney, who takes his team to Mourneview Park on Saturday for a Danske Bank Premiership clash with Glenavon, insists that Harkin’s departure isn’t a ‘done deal’.

“We are still taking to Ruairi,” said Kearney.

“To be fair to him, he has a lot of other things going on at the minute in terms off his working conditions.

“There are a few clubs showing a bit of interest in him. Derry City are one and a couple of the Belfast clubs are also keen.

“I’ve known Ruairi long enough. He has assured me that he will speak to us before he makes any decision. He is just not ready to sit down and have that chat in relation to his work life and everything else which is going on around it.

“So he has to sort that out first. Once that is taken care of he will be in a position to sit down and chat. He is a man of his word. Provided we get an opportunity to sit down and speak with him then that’s all we can ask for.”

With a posse of young talent emerging at the Showgrounds, Kearney may not be tempted not to trade in next month’s window.

“We’ve a lot of great kids coming through,” he added. “Boys like Shane McGinty, Lyndon Kane, Adam Mullan and Ian Parkhill . . . they all recently played at Windsor Park for the first time.

“You are always keeping an eye out for players, but I don’t want to hinder the development of these guys.

“It’s one thing giving a kid his start, but the last thing I want to do is take that opportunity away from them by bringing in another senior pro, especially when they are doing so well..

“We are all about building a local club and everything else and we have invested a lot of time in those young players and we have to continue to do that.”