KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Ian Harkes will be playing in Scotland as it was announced on Tuesday that the midfielder has signed a contract with Championship team Dundee United.
The 23-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Terrors as he hopes to make an impression following his release from DC United in Major League Soccer.
After wrapping up his college soccer career at Wake Forest University, Harkes would go on to sign a homegrown contract with the capital team, making his first appearance in March 2017. However, he found it hard to getting playing time with the front office bringing in more midfield reinforcements, thus leaving him no choice but to find opportunities elsewhere.
Harkes, who had sought out tryouts with teams in Britain before signing with DC United in 2017, said he was looking forward to getting out on the field with his new team as they look to make the push for promotion back to the Scottish Premier League.
"I am excited to get started here at United. This is a great opportunity for me, and I want to help this team get into the Premiership. I believe my style of play will be suited to Scottish football and I want to get out on the park in a United jersey as soon as I can," said Harkes.
The move to Scotland is also kind of homecoming as his grandfather is originally from the country before he made the move stateside.
"When I was coming, I asked him if he was Dundee or Dundee United and he told he was a Tangerine," said Harkes. "He was very excited at the news and he couldn't speak due to celebrating. He's been in New Jersey since 25 years old, but he was the one that told me about the history and tradition of the club."
As for Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson, he sees the former MAC Hermann Trophy winner as a useful addition to the team.
"Ian adds quality to our midfield pool and will bring extra quality into our first-team squad. I know we are getting a good energetic and skillful player and we will now look to get his match fitness up to speed," said Neilson.
Harkes could see his first action for Dundee when they face Ayr United on January 26 as the league restarts following the winter break.