Dundee still keen on Harkins

Barry Smith believes Gary Harkins would provide a major boost to Dundee if they can bring him in from Kilmarnock.

Last Updated: 17/01/13 at 19:02 Post Comment

Gary Harkins: Target for Dundee

Gary Harkins: Target for Dundee

Dundee manager Smith says Harkins would lift the SPL strugglers both on and off the park - should a deal be done.

Smith revealed earlier this month that agreement had been reached with Kilmarnock to take the midfielder back to Dens Park on loan.

Harkins had a successful spell with the Tayside club between 2009 and 2011, before sealing a move to Rugby Park.

Reports claim the deal has stalled because the player's advisors want the loan to be a permanent move instead.

Smith said: "It's a case of if it happens, it happens. Everybody knows that he was a fans' favourite here and the qualities he's got are qualities we need.

"I'm sure everybody in the dressing room would be boosted, not just on the park but off the park, where he's a good character to have around the dressing room.

"He enjoyed his spell here. I know he's got great affection for the club and I'm sure if there's any club he would like to come back to, it's us."

The SPL's bottom side head into the second half of the season hoping to halt the losing streak that saw them fail to pick up a point from their last four games before the winter break.

Smith added: "Everybody just wants to get back playing and to give themselves every chance of staying in this division.

"It can work two ways in that the break may have given them time to think about it, but it's also given them the motivation and time to think positively about how we can get out of this situation.

"I'm sure those positive thoughts will get us out of it."

Dundee travel to Easter Road on Saturday to face a Hibernian side who provided their last victory in the SPL in November.

Smith said: "We've had two contrasting games against Hibs. In one of them, they did extremely well at Easter Road. But we will focus on the performance against them here where we did extremely well.

"The players did everything we asked of them and we got a good result. We will be asking them to do similar things.

"They can take confidence from the fact that they've beaten them at Dens and they must take all the good things that we did in that game into the game on Saturday."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

want to spend more time with my tit-for-tat Autobiographies . He probably didn't say.

megabrow (cufc)
Keane leaves Aston Villa

B

elieve in the dream Ashley. I have a hot tub, I still think I can get all The Saturdays in there for nekkid sexyfuntime. Failing that, Adele.

hump3.
Young: Man United target title

C

onclusions...we are truely living the dream now

dead yeti
Take Your Marks In The Premier League Sack Race

Footer 365

Ligue 1: Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier describes Brandao's prison sentence as 'an aberration'

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has described the prison sentence imposed on Brandao as "an aberration".

Premier League: Sean Dyche not letting Burnley's winning run get him too excited

Sean Dyche is taking each game as it comes as he looks to lift Burnley out of the Premier League's bottom three.

Henry 'would like to help' Arsenal

Thierry Henry has hinted at a return to Arsenal as a coach and says he "would like to help my club" conquer Europe.

Mail Box

Sanchez: A Sliding Doors Moment For Pool

One Liverpool fan regrets the club's failure to sign Alexis Sanchez and thinks Brendan Rodgers and Co should now target the domestic cups. A lot has changed in 12 months...

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property