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Warner and Harkin sign
Wed Jun 7, 2006 : 20:48
The Hawks have named two further additions to their new look squad in the form of Stevenage Borough right back Michael Warner and Lewes midfielder Mo Harkin. In keeping with manager Ian Baird’s previous promise, both bring with them a wealth of experience at Conference National level and beyond.
Warner, a 32 year old Yorkshireman from Harrogate, spent four years as a professional at Northampton Town from 1995, making around 40 appearances before moving on to Farnborough Town in May 1999 where he came to the attention of Ian Baird. At the ‘Boro he gained Ryman championship experience with other recent signing Justin Gregory, before moving to Stevenage Borough with Grahame Westley in 2003.
He quickly became the first choice right back at the side, featuring heavily in their promotion run in in 2004, where his last ditch injury time shot in the playoff final against Carlisle could have put Stevenage into League Two. During two and a half seasons with the side he made over 100 appearances, 38 of them last season.
26 year old Harkin meanwhile will be a name recognisable to Hawks fans from the games he played against his new club for Crawley. Derry born, he played international football for Northern Ireland at youth and Under-21 level before signing with Wycombe Wanderers in 1995. He stayed with the Chairboys for five seasons, and made local headlines when he became the subject of an £800,000 approach from Aston Villa, which fell through due to injury.
In August 2001 he moved to Carlisle, and then on to Aldershot Town, Nuneaton Borough and then Crawley in June 2002, where he stayed for three seasons before arriving last season at Lewes via a short stint at Forest Green Rovers. Family commitments kept him out of football for much of last season, but Hawks boss Baird is said to have liked what he has seen of him.
Hawks HQ have said that while Baird is still looking for new faces to add to his side, no further signings are anticipated for the next few weeks at least.
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