Finn Harps have confirmed the signing of Jesse Devers (above), a former Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy player who was on the books of Galway United last season.
However, centre-half and one-time captain Packie Mailey has not re-signed and has now moved to Irish League Premier Division strugglers Ballinamallard United, who are based in Fermanagh.
Mailey's decision to go is a big loss for Harps.
The Convoy man was a popular player and fulfilled a boyhood dream by lining out for the Ballybofey-based team.
Mailey (below) posted the following message on facebook: "Thanks to all at Finn Harps for giving me the opportunity to play and captain the club. Was a privlege playing for my boyhood team and wish the club, supporters and the lads all the best for 2018."
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Devers, a native of Ballina, moved from Mayo junior club Manulla FC in July 2013 to Wolves. Devers was at Molineaux for two years and actually played alongside Ibrahim Keita who was with Harps last season.
Jesse then signed for Galway Utd ahead of the 2016 Premier Division campaign. He made his debut as a substitute in an EA Cup game against Limerick FC in early May and his first league game came later that month against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Devers left Galway in July and returned for a spell in the Mayo Junior League with Manulla.
“We have been interested in signing Jesse for a while and it’s good now to have the deal finalized with pre-season training starting. He’s a young lad who has a quite an amount of experience already having been over at Wolves for a couple of years. He’s played in the U19 National League and senior for Galway in the Premier Division so hopefully Jessie will be a good asset to us here at Harps. He’s a talented attacker so this is a great opportunity for him to progress his football career,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan.
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