Ciaron Harkin to leave Institute for Coleraine

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Institute has confirmed that Ciaron Harkin is to leave the club for Coleraine.

The midfielder has spent two successful seasons with the Drumahoe side. 

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney says he has been targeting the twenty year old for some time. 

“I feel Ciaron has been with us for a long time because I’ve watched him that often,” he said.

“I have watched him seven or eight times in the last year. I went especially to the play-off game away at Ballinamallard in May, and he was as good a player as there was on the pitch that night.

“He will wear the number four shirt vacated by Ruaidhri Higgins so there will be big expectation on him.

“It’s well documented we have a lot of young players at the club of his age and quality who have played a big part in our season and I would expect him to do the same.

“Young players bring a vibrant attitude to it and a huge amount of energy and that’s something which has been a huge part of our success this season.

“Ciaron is a fit lad, he gets about the pitch well and he will add to that.”

The 20 year old was named Institute's 'Young Player of the Year' in 2016.

A spokesperson for the Riverside club said:

"Jackie has been a key player for us for the last two seasons and we will miss him both on and off the pitch.

"The club would like to thank him for his significant contribution and wish him every success. In addition, we hope he maintains his links with the club and is a regular visitor at the Riverside where he has many friends."

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