Ruairi Harkin signs new long-term deal with Coleraine

Coleraine's Ruairi Harkin
Coleraine's Ruairi Harkin

Ruairi Harkin has signed a new long-term deal with Coleraine.

Harkin - who was being linked with Premiership champions Cliftonville and League of Ireland side Derry City - has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Bannsiders.

Manager Oran Kearney believes the news is a “massive boost” to Coleraine.

“I am absolutely over the moon that Ruairi has committed his future to us,” Kearney told the club’s official website.

“I know there was a lot of speculation about what was going to happen, Ruairi had said all along that he wouldn’t make any decision until he had spoken to us and to be fair to him he has been true to his word.

“It’s a massive boost to us that Ruairi sees his future here at The Showgrounds. He is coming into his prime now and he has shown this season what he is capable of.

“He has been excellent this season and he has made that number 10 role his own. We have developed a formation which suits us and Ruairi is one of the players who has thrived in it.

“As a club it is also a major boost to us to keep someone of Ruairi’s undoubted ability at the club.”

Kearney also praised the Coleraine board for helping ensure Harkin remained at the Showgrounds..

“We have to give the board a lot of credit in all this for everything they did in relation to keeping Ruairi here,” he said.

“They have worked hard to make sure it is the right deal for all parties. It’s a real a coup for us all and we are absolutely delighted.”