Harkin relishing International call-up

COLERAINE midfielder Ciaron Harkin expresses his delight after being included in the recent Northern Ireland Under-21 squad to face Estonia…

By: Aaron O’Neill

Ian Baraclough’s side have enjoyed a successful spell so far in their bid to qualify for the UEFA Under-21 European Championships. Northern Ireland are joint leaders in Group Two having won two of their opening three games

Harkin has enjoyed a bright start to the new Danske Bank Premiership campaign, netting twice for the Bannsiders and his efforts have been rewarded by an International call-up.

“I am buzzing to be called-up into the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad as I missed the last fixtures as I was in America,” Harkin said.

“I doubted myself about getting a call-up, but I’m looking forward to getting a good 10 days with the team.”

“I haven’t made an appearance yet at international level, but I hope that’ll change this time around.

“You want to play well for your country and hopefully I can do my best.”

Coleraine forward Jamie McGonigle has also been included in the squad. The young striker deputised for the Under-21s in a 2-1 victory against Estonia back in June, before going on to secure a second cap for his country.

Both players have already linked-up with the squad ahead of the home clash against Estonia. The match is set to be played at Mourneview Park on Tuesday evening (October 10).

The club would like to congratulate both players on their achievements.