Finn Harps have added two ‘new’ faces to the squad as the summer Transfer Window gets ready to open wide on July 1st next, Peter Hutton opting for experienced personnel.
And former players Michael Funston and Mark Scoltock are no strangers to Finn Harps fans, as both have graced Finn Park in the past and both will be eligible to play from the start of next month meaning that they will miss next week’s home game against First Division table-toppers Longford Town.
Letterkenny native, Funston, who turned 27 last month, first signed for Harps from Ulster Senior League side, Bonagee United, at the start of the 2004 season.
And after Felix Healy’s appointment as manager in that same year, the player quickly became a permanent fixture in the Harps side, playing alongside Anthony Gorman in the midfield engineroom as he went on to pick up a First Division Championship medal in his first season at the Ballybofey club.
He opted to leave the club for Irish League Premier Divison side, Dungannon Swifts, midway through the 2010 season and spent the last two seasons with the Co. Tyrone side.
Considered a hard working central midfield player, Funston likes to get forward at every opportunity and he scores more than his fair share of goals. Indeed, he was Harps’ clubs top marksman in the 2009 season with nine goals and is just two games away from 200 appearances in the blue shirt.
Central defender, Scoltock, made his debut for Harps in a 3-2 defeat against Derry City at the Brandywell in July, 2005 under then manager Felix Healy.
The Derry man made just six appearances for the Donegal club that season before opting to link up with local Irish League side, Institute, where he spent four seasons.
Mark spent 2010 with Derry City where he picked up a First Division Championship winning medal, before returning to Institute during the early stages of last season.