Nathan Boyle is hoping to regain his ‘shattered confidence’ after joining Finn Harps until the end of the season.

Boyle was named as a substitute for Harps trip to Drogheda United at the weekend and played a significant part as he came off the bench to set up a last minute winner for John O’Flynn to take the Ballybofey club joint third in the First Division.

The 24-year-old left Derry City in May over a lack of playing time, having featured just six times as a substitute this season, playing 101 minutes in total.

Boyle had been involved in Derry City’s first team since 2014 making 39 starts in that time and appearing from the substitute's bench over 60 times. In his time at Derry City, Boyle scored 14 goals and provided 12 assists.

Now he is looking forward to getting his career back on track.

“It was a good buzz to be back,” he said. “It’s been a while since I played. I played 45 minutes so it was good to get back and hopefully I can play a bit more between now and the end of the season.

“I’ve been at Harps before and I enjoyed it before but where I am at the minute I just want to be playing and back enjoying myself and getting my confidence back, because it was shattered. I feel this is where I can kickstart everything again.”

Boyle is hoping to play a part in Harps’ promotion push this season, and after the win at Drogheda on Friday, Boyle knows a win over Longford Town at Finn Park on Friday night.

“We keep knocking away,” he said. “I’m only in the door so we’ll see what happens, but we’re not too far away to be fair and with UCD and Longford dropping points it helps. We’ll keep knocking at the door and see what happens.”

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