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Kernans Sign Three-Year Deal as Sponsor of Finn Harps Underage

Finn Harps are delighted to announce that Kernans will become the main sponsor of Finn Harps Academy and Schools Programme for the next three years.

The well known and popular retail group will also continue their long-standing support of Finn Harps senior team.

The Kernan family has been involved in retailing since the 1920s. Now in third generation ownership under the stewardship of former Finn Harps player Anthony Kernan who, following a spell in England with Wolves and Brighton, made 28 appearances for Harps scoring seven times when he came to Finn Park in the late eighties.

Anthony is looking forward to helping the next generation fulfil their potential,

“The Kernan Group is delighted and thrilled to partner with the Finn Harps Academy & Schools Programme, pledging our support to the next generation of talented footballing stars over the next 3 years.

Like all the players, fans and volunteers of Finn Harps, we are looking forward to the start of the new campaign and I want to wish everyone well as we face into this coming season”.

Kevin McHugh, Head of Finn Harps Academy says,

“We are delighted to have Kernans on board and we are all looking forward to developing the partnership. Anthony and his team are aware of the huge work we are doing throughout Donegal and they were only too happy to get involved. We have big plans for the future so it’s great to have an enthusiastic main sponsor”

Kernans have 9 locations throughout Donegal in the Retail and Hospitality sector.

Kernans is also a major local employer and currently employ over 200 people in the region. Kernans staff are valuable, hard-working members of the community that are passionate retailers and can really listen to customers which is crucial for providing great service and building a strong relationship within our communities.

Anthony Kernan signs for Finn Harps in 1989

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Finn Harps Academy Announces New Player Pathway

Finn Harps Academy has today confirmed new changes to the Academy’s player pathway for 2021 onwards.

The first change to the pathway sees the establishment of a new U14s squad. This change reflects the recent FAI announcement that a new u14s National League competition will be replacing the previous U13 National League competition.

Head of Academy, Kevin McHugh will coach the u14s squad with the assistance of Conrad Clarke, James Doherty and Goalkeeper coach Andrew Wilson.

The u13s squad will become a development squad and look to strengthen the u14s squad with players during and at the end of the season and be coached by Conrad Clarke with James McNamara assisting him.

The Finn Harps Reserves will be renamed to “Finn Harps U21” squad as the club believes the new title better reflects the team’s makeup and the importance of development in the Academy’s player pathway.

Head of Academy, Kevin McHugh, explained the change and the road ahead –

“We have changed our pathway in a way that lines up the FAI national development plan and alongside the Donegal and Inishowen schoolboy clubs. Having our U12 and U13 players stay at their local clubs to play and train, then come into our Academy for extra work and train with our NL squads has proven to work very well for everyone involved.

Our U16 squad which will host players born in 2007, 2006 and 2005 is a hugely important squad for our pathway in providing a structured setup for those who have just missed out on the National League squads.

The Ulster senior league is also a hugely important part of our pathway in helping bridge the gap between U19s and the 1st team, allowing players that extra time to develop and play at a good standard both technically and physically.

The FAI’s National underage leagues have been a massive success over the past six years, providing a weekly stage for our players to play against the best players nationally in their age group, which is excellent for their development.
We can see the pathway working with the percentages of players moving from Academy squads to National league squads in past 2yrs has more than doubled, a trend we want to see progress”.

When I came into this role four years ago, many obstacles were identified. We have tackled these obstacles one by one over the years and have tried to put structures in place that are focused around the development of the player.

How we recruit our players and coaches, how we coach, what we coach certain age groups and when we coach it, are all a work in progress, and we have seen some positive signs in the past few years in those areas.

A club like Finn Harps has always been reliant on a core of local talent. If we are to keep building a ‘club’ for the long-term, then it’s essential that what we do today will benefit us in years to come. We cannot afford to rest on any success or get deflated with any failures.

We intend to grow our girls Academy in-line with our boys Academy. The female game is growing locally and nationally with some fantastic work being done locally with the Donegal & Inishowen women’s league. As the senior club in the county and our experience to date, it is only fitting that we play our part and help develop the women’s game in Donegal as well as the men’s game.”

Kosovar Sadiki signs for 2021

Finn Harps is delighted to announce the re-signing of Kosovar Sadiki for the 2021 season. The defender was a key player for the club last season, appearing 18 times in all competitions.

Sadiki signed with the club on loan from Hibernians FC in January 2020. After being released by his parent club during the summer, he opted to remain with Harps for the return to play in August and has once again committed to the Ballybofey side.

Speaking after re-signing, he told club media that his relationship with the coaching staff was a major factor in his decision to commit for 2021. “The main thing that made me want to come back was the relationship with Ollie and the trust of the coaches. To be able to play games consistently at a good level is what I need at this point in my career and so to have the trust of the coaches is very important to me.”

The 54 Crew Young Player of the Season is hoping the squad can recapture last year’s end of season form out of the gate. “I really enjoyed last season, especially towards the end when we started to gel and pick up results. The beginning was tough because there were a lot of new players, and the lockdown situation probably hurt our chances to grow as a team earlier in the year.

Once we started to build that chemistry we began to see what we were capable of so I think everyone’s goal is to get back to that form as quickly as possible and get off to a strong start. That would be ideal.”

Ollie Horgan told FinnHarps.ie, “Kosovar progressed well last season once he got some games under his belt. It’s a big jump from underage football to the League of Ireland but he handled it well. The experience of last season will stand to him now and we’re delighted he’s with us again for 2021.”

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