Ballyglass native Ryan Connolly will return to League of Ireland action in 2020 after it was announced that he has signed terms with Finn Harps in the Airtricity League Premier Division. Connolly will link up with the Ballybofey outfit ahead of the start of their league campaign in February.
27-year-old Connolly will make a return to League of Ireland football after taking the 2019 season out to play soccer for his home club Ballyglass in the Mayo Super League and Gaelic football for Mayo Gaels.
Connolly stepped away from professional football at the end of the 2018 season, having captained Galway United in that season’s First Division campaign. He has previously had stints with Shamrock Rovers, Longford Town, Derby County, Ayr United, and Sligo Rovers, against whom he could make his competitive debut for Ollie Horgan’s Harps in the first round of the new season in Finn Park on February 14.
Speaking as the club announced his signing this week, Connolly expressed his desire to get back into League of Ireland football.
“I’m buzzing to be given the opportunity by Ollie and Finn Harps to play again,” he said. “After taking a year out, I’ve never been more hungry to play and push on with Harps. I just can’t wait to get going.”
Harps manager Ollie Horgan added: “When I spoke to Ryan it was clear he was itching to get back on the pitch and we’re happy he’s signed with us.
“He’s a talented player and has been known to chip in with a few goals too, which aren’t easy got in the Premier Division. We’re doing our best to build a squad to compete next year, and it’s great to have Ryan as part of that.”
Connolly is an important signing for the Donegal club as they look to improve on last season’s ninth-placed league finish.