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Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan expects Eddie Dsane to play a big part in the club's battle for Premier Division after the striker signed on the eve of the season's kick-off.
Dsane spent the second half of last season at Longford Town after leaving English League One side Fleetwood Town, scoring once in 13 appearances as the midlanders finished bottom of the league.
However the Englishman made enough of an impression in his outing against Harps – a 1-0 win for Alan Mathews' side in Finn Park – for Horgan to make an approach in the off-season.
Dsane had been back in his native England playing with Whyteleaf in the Isthmian League, and had planned not to return to Ireland, however Horgan finally got his man on transfer deadline day.
“Eddie came in just before the start of the season,” Horgan told extratime.ie following Harps' 5-3 loss to Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds, their second loss in their first two league games.
“Eddie's a lad that obviously played for Longford last year and he played against us a couple of times and played very, very well.
“I spoke to Eddie way back in the off-season and he wanted to stay in London, but then he decided he'd come over.
“He didn't get on tonight, probably due to the fact we had to use the substitution for the goalkeeper, but we'll see a bit more of Eddie over the course of the season.
“Eddie caused us bother for Longford last year up front, and he can play wide as well.
“We're delighted to have him, and we need him, and need everybody full at it to have any chance of staying in the division.”
Dsane started his career at underage level with Crystal Palace in his native London and spent time as a trainee Preston North End and Fleetwood Town before signing for Tony Cousins at Longford.