Ruairí Harkin

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Ruairí Harkin
Personal information
Full name Ruairí Harkin
Date of birth (1989-10-11) 11 October 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre midfield
Club information
Current team
Cliftonville
Number 16
Youth career
Don Bosco's
Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2007–2008 Heybridge Swifts (loan) ? (?)
2010–2011 Derry City 45 (4)
2009 Finn Harps (loan) 11 (0)
2012–2016 Coleraine 50 (5)
2016– Cliftonville 7 (0)
National team
2005 Northern Ireland U16 ? (?)
2006 Republic of Ireland U17 4 (0)
2006–2008 Republic of Ireland U19 ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ruairí Harkin (born October 11, 1989 in Derry, Northern Ireland) is a footballer currently playing for Cliftonville in the NIFL Premiership.[1]

Youth career[edit]

Harkin began his career at a very young age with Don Boscos. Throughout his career with Don Bosco's, Harkin made several appearances for the Derry and District League Select in the Foyle Cup and also County Londonderry in the Milk Cup. Having turned down opportunities to sign for a number of English clubs, such as Blackburn Rovers, in order to finish his GCSE exams at St. Columb's College, he eventually signed for Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2006.

Senior career[edit]

Harkin looked set to have a bright future in the game and his ability was praised by coaches. However, the young midfielder failed to play a senior game for the English team and instead languished in the reserves, before being loaned out to non-league outfit, Heybridge Swifts. At the end of 2008, Harkin was released by Charlton and promptly snapped up by his hometown club, Derry City. Harkin was loaned out to Derry's rivals, Finn Harps at the beginning of the 2009 season. He made 12 appearances for Harps in the early part of 2009 before returning to the Brandywell where he turned out 3 times for the Candystripes before the season ended. Ruairi made 20 league appearances for Derry in 2010, scoring three times, as the club won the First Division title, and in 2011 he made another 20 appearances, though 14 of these came as a substitute. Harkin signed for Coleraine in the Irish Premier League on 5 January 2012 [1]. Harkin joined Cliftonville on 1 August 2016 for a fee believed to be £18,000.

International career[edit]

Having represented Northern Ireland at Under-16 level, the Derry-born Harkin was later called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad,[2] where he was capped 4 times between 2006 and 2008.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ruairí Harkin". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "U19 men - Season 2007/'08 Summary Report". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 17 January 2011.