Irish Premiership: Bannsiders sign midfielder Ciaron Harkin

Ciaron Harkin makes the move from the Championship to top-flight football with Coleraine
Ciaron Harkin makes the move from the Championship to top-flight football with Coleraine

Coleraine have completed the signing of midfielder Ciaron Harkin from Championship side Institute.

The 20-year-old former Derry City player, who was captain at Institute, had been a target for Bannsiders manager Oran Kearney.

"I feel Ciaron has been with us for a long time because I've watched him that often," said Kearney.

"We are delighted to have him on board - he is a fit lad and he gets about the pitch."

"I went especially to the play-off game away at Ballinamallard in May and he was as good a player as there was on the pitch that night," Kearney told the Coleraine Times.

"That game at Ballinamallard was a big pressure game but the way he managed himself and the game was way beyond his years.

"He was captain of Institute which says a huge amount at the tender age of 20."

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