Ryan Harrington Is Second Summer Signing

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The club is delighted to announce the capture of Ryan Harrington. The versatile defender, who can also play in midfield, joins from Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads on a two-year contract.

Ryan joined up with the squad at the beginning of pre-season, and after two impressive displays as a trialist in our opening friendly matches, including an assist in the win over Banks O’Dee, Paul Hartley was keen to get him signed-up. The deal agreed, Ryan again featured as a trialist in this afternoon’s win over Inverurie Locos as the club awaits international clearance.

The manager says he expects big things from the twenty-five year old:

“He’s a modern day full-back, is two-footed, so can play both sides, and to be honest, I don’t know which is his stronger foot. The left back position has probably been a bit of an issue for us since Harry Milne left, and having seen Ryan in training and the games, we’ve been really impressed, so delighted to get him in.

“He will be a good addition to the squad both defensively and offensively, and he’s coming from a strong team in Wales, so he has good experience. He’s obviously been up in Scotland before, knows the demands of the game here, and he’s at the right age; he fits the profile we’ve been looking at.

“Ryan’s a good personality, he knows a few of the boys, and he’s fitted in really well. He’ll be a good signing for us and I expect him to make a real impact here.”

The Welshman started his career at Wrexham before signing for Everton as a youth player, making twenty-one starts in the Under-18s Premier League. Ryan then joined Aberdeen’s development squad, where he played a major part in the Dons’ run to the Youth Cup Final in 2018. He progressed into the reserve team, and featured for the first team later that year in a pre-season friendly against Cobh Ramblers.

A loan move to Montrose followed in 2018, where Ryan appeared in thirty matches for Stewart Petrie’s side, helping them to a fourth place finish in League One.

Upon his departure from Aberdeen, Ryan returned to Wales, signing for The New Saints, where he gained experience playing at the top level in Wales, as well as in Champions League and Europa League qualifiers.

Following a two-year spell at TNS, Ryan made the switch to fellow Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads in 2021. He featured for the side more than one hundred times, scoring nine goals, and was in the squad that won the JD Welsh Cup in June this year.

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