Cowan returns to Harps as Paddy moves on

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CENTRE-half, Keith Cowan, returns from suspension to take his place in the heart of the Finn Harps defence for tomorrow night’s Airtricity League Division One meeting with Monaghan United, at Finn Park. (Kick-off 7.45 p.m.)

The Ramelton man will replace Paddy McLaughlin, who has left Harps for Irish League Championship side, Institute, one of his former clubs.

“Terms have been agreed between Paddy and Institute and all he is waiting on is international clearance which we expect will come through before the weekend,” said Harps Director of Football Felix Healy.

“We spoke to Paddy about our plans for next season and possible cut-backs in the budget and after that he was keen to leave and we were not going to stand in his way.”

But Healy was less clear about the situation regarding Tommy Bonner whose future is rumoured to be in doubt, but Healy did state that he expected to have his central midfielder for this weekend’s game.

“I’m not sure what the situation is with Tommy, but I do expect to have him in the squad for the weekend,” added Healy.

With the exception of Cowan for McLaughlin in defence, no further changes are anticipated from the side which defeated Athlone 1-0 in Lissywoollen last time out. Kevin McHugh scoring the game’s only goal to secure a welcome win.

Tomorrow night Roddy Collins’ Monaghan return to Ballybofey, the visitors currently in third position in the First Division behind Shelboure and Cork City.

Meanwhile, Healy, in response to a query about rumours that the players have not been paid for a number of weeks, said the matter had now been dealt with by the club.

“As far as I know there have been discussions between the players and the club and agreement has been reached on the matter.”