FROM CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF TO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOR RYAN
Former Gable Endie, Ryan Harrington has enjoyed a whirlwind summer moving from Scottish lower league domestic football back in May to making his debut last night in the biggest European competition the sport can offer.
The 19 year old came off the bench on the hour mark for new club, The New Saints as they faced Feronikeli in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.
Things were going well for the Welsh Premier League champions as they held a 2 goal lead after 77 minutes, but 2 late goals for the Kosovo side mean things are all square going into the second leg.
The young defender must be pinching himself as he plans to make the 1,700 mile away trip next week for the return leg as his last away game was a 175 mile journey to Dumfries to face Queen of the South in the second leg of the Championship Play Off Semi-Final back in May.
Ryan spent last season at Links Park on loan from Aberdeen FC, making 30 appearances, scoring 2 goals and helping Stewart Petrie’s newly promoted side secure 4th place in Ladbrokes League 1.
On being released by The Dons, the Welsh born defender was keen to return home and when TNS came calling recently, Ryan took no time to accept the offer.
Stewart said, “I am absolutely delighted for Ryan. He is a great lad, with a great attitude and has a very bright future ahead of him. I would have loved to have had him back this year, but you simply can’t argue with the opportunity he has been given and we all wish him every success at TNS.”