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Paddy McCourt Reportedly Set For Return To League Of Ireland

By David Kent
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Paddy McCourt seems set to make a return to the League of Ireland.

A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that the Derry Pele was on his way back to the League of Ireland. He was training with Dundalk and even went as far as travelling with the squad to the pre-season camp in Spain. However, a deal with Stephen Kenny's side did not materialise.

A return to the league is still on the cards for McCourt. Donegal Daily report that McCourt is on the verge of signing for Finn Harps. The Ballybofey side have a friendly against Cabinteely tomorrow evening with McCourt expected to appear for Ollie Horgan's side.


McCourt shone for Harps' main rivals Derry City before securing a move to Celtic in 2008. After five years at Parkhead, he jinked his way through the English Football League, playing with Barnsley, Brighton, Notts County and Luton before returning to Northern Ireland to play with Glenavon last year.

Harps begin their league season by welcoming Cork City to Finn Park next Friday. If this deal goes through you can add another 1,000 onto the attendance gate. With the FAI changing the league structure so three sides will be automatically relegated this season, there's been a scramble for the likes of Harps, Bohs and Drogheda to strengthen. As an ex-Northern Ireland international, a League of Ireland legend and a man that's still got an incredible left foot, McCourt could certainly do that.

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McCourt was on great terms with his Stephen Kenny and the report suggests that his stint with the league champions was a favour from his former manager.


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