McNulty ruled out of ‘Blues’ trip due to freak injury

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FINN Harps right-back Damian McNulty faces up to a month on the treatment table having accidently trod on glass at home.

McNulty, who received 10 stitches in his foot, informed team boss, Peter Hutton, of the news on Wednesday and the Derry native will, therefore, miss tonight’s trip to Waterford United while Tommy Bonnar is suspended.

Defender, Ciaran Coll, is not a definite starter having had an ankle injury prior to the mid-season break and it’s hoped that Sean McCarron and Gary Merritt will return from bouts of ‘flu.

Shaun McGowan, James Doherty, Mark Forker and Paul McVeigh are back in the squad having been given two-week club suspension after playing in the Arranmore Challenge seven-a-side against Hutton’s wishes.

“They’ve all apologied and we’d like to put the issue behind us,” Hutton said of the quartet when questioned.

Harps played a mixture of senior players in the recent Tony Quigley-Seamus ‘Shakes’ McDowell Memorial Cup in Derry, where they made it to the final but lost on penalties to Celtic Swifts, while the Ulster Senior League team has been in action three times.

“Busy, busy, busy,” was how Hutton summarised the past fortnight.

“We played a lot of matches and some got back into training late. We’re looking to get some consistency going now for the second half of the season.”

O’Flynn Deal Dead

Meanwhile, Stephen O’Flynn will NOT be signing for Finn Harps after Hutton discovered that the player had already officially retired and is not permitted to play senior football.

The 31-year-old striker trained with Harps four times over the last month after relocating from his native Co. Cork to Derry.

However, having finished up with St Patrick’s Athletic last season, O’Flynn made the decision to retire and as a consequence of his being a sportsperson qualified for tax relief, which he accepted. The one condition was that he could not play senior football again.

O’Flynn had previously played for Cork City, Limerick, Galway United and Northampton Town.

“It was only lately that Stephen informed me of the tax relief, but it means it’s impossible for us to sign him.

“It’s unfortunate because he’s a player with massive experience and someone we were having a good look at in training.

“We don’t have any new signings in mind now as there is no budget available.”