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Finn Harps have announced that winger Mark Timlin has signed back with his local club for the 2018 First Division season.


The Buncrana man signed from Derry City midway through last season and made an immediate impact, netting from the penalty spot in a dramatic 3-2 win away to Bray Wanderers.


That was to be his only goal of the season, however, as Harps promising early-season form ebbed away and they finished the season second from bottom.


“It’s good for us to get terms agreed with Mark,” manager Ollie Horgan told the club's official website.


“He will be a key player for us in the First Division and hopefully it’s another opportunity for Mark to show his ability in that wide midfield role that he normally plays.


“His decision to sign is very positive for Finn Harps and we’ll keep working on getting more players in ahead of pre-season next month.”


Timlin played underage football with Buncrana Hearts before making the move to Ipswich Town as a teenager in 2011.


Following the expiry of his contract three years later, Timlin returned to Ireland and joined Derry City, where he enjoyed two fruitful season.


2016 saw him move south to St Patrick's Athletic but, after a mixed season at Richmond Park, he returned to the Candystripes at the end of the season before signing for Harps in July 2017.


Timlin is the sixth player to sign up with Harps for next season after Paddy McCourt, Ciaran Coll, Aidan Friel, Shane Blaney and Ciaran O’Connor penned new deals.