Harkins agrees to end un­happy spell at St Mir­ren half­way through his deal

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY UNION -

ST MIR­REN last night con­firmed the de­par­ture of Gary Harkins af­ter his con­tract was ter­mi­nated by mu­tual con­sent. The de­ci­sion to end the mid­fielder’s time in Pais­ley de­spite hav­ing a fur­ther year still to run on his con­tract had been ex­pected, since the 29-year-old fea­tured only in­ter­mit­tently un­der Danny Len­non last sea­son be­fore end­ing the lat­ter part of the cam­paign on loan at Old­ham Ath­letic.

The Sky Bet League 1 club are ex­pected to make an ap­proach to sign Harkins on a per­ma­nent deal af­ter he im­pressed dur­ing that loan spell, while the club also com­pleted the sign­ing of for­mer Kil­marnock mid­fielder and Scot­land Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tion­al­ist Liam Kelly.

Two other for­mer Kil­marnock play­ers have also set­tled their fu­tures. Colin Nish has signed a new one-year con­tract with Dum­bar­ton and the 33-year-old striker will con­tinue to com­bine his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a player with a role coach­ing the club’s un­der-20s.

His erst­while Kil­marnock team-mate James Fowler will also spend next sea­son in the SPFL Cham­pi­onship af­ter join­ing Queen of the South as player-coach. In League 2, mean­while, new Ar­broath man­ager Al­lan Moore has ap­pointed Todd Lums­den as his as­sis­tant.

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