Finn Harps sign LOI veteran O'Flynn
Article by Kieran Burke ~ @KieranBTS
First division promotion hopefuls Finn Harps made a late night transfer announcement on Friday with the addition of League of Ireland veteran John O'Flynn to their first-team squad. Flynn, 35, brings with him a wealth of experience having represented the likes of Peterborough United, Barnet and Exeter City in English football, while more famously the striker played a key role in Cork City's 2005 Premier Division title triupmh and the "Rebels" 2007 FAI cup success. Most recently on the books at Limerick, O'Flynn rolled back the years by scoring an impressive twelve goals in just sixteen league appearances as Martin Russell's side cruised to the First Division title just two seasons ago. However, despite also notching an eye catching six strikes in cup competitions that season, O'Flynn was not offered a new contract by the Munster club.
With speculation rife in recent weeks that the Cobb native may be tempted by the challenge of a promotion push with his local club, O'Flynn's arrival at the far end of the country with Harps is sure to have surprised many.
Having made over 400 career appearances since his senior debut with Peterborough back in 2001, O'Flynn, who has found the back of the net 140 times including his seven strikes at underage international level with the Republic of Ireland, will be hopeful of striking up a successful partnership with fellow veteran Paddy McCourt who is the creative spark in Ollie Horgan's Finn Harps team.
Speaking to www.finnharps.com on the signing of John O'Flynn, the popular Harps manager stated:
“It’s good for us to get a striker of John’s quality and experience on board. He has done it at the highest level in the League of Ireland with Cork City and was with Limerick with in the Premier in the last two seasons. John also did well in his two spells in England so we’re hoping now that he can do a job for us up front in the First Division.”