Published: 30th June 2022
Dundee United are delighted to announce that popular midfielder Ian Harkes will prolong his stay at Tannadice after signing a new deal.
American star Harkes, 27, has agreed a one-year extension to remain at United for next season’s European campaign.
Harkes thrilled Arabs with his all-action displays last term and was named Dundee United’s Player of the Year.
He netted winning goals against Aberdeen, Dundee and Partick Thistle last term and a crucial equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park.
With nine goals in 131 appearances since his arrival at United in 2019, United have retained a key player during his peak years.
Ian Harkes has 'bought into Dundee United vision'
Dundee United Head Coach Jack Ross said: “I’m delighted that Ian has chosen to come back.
"It’s a deal the Club has worked hard on to get it over the line.
"I’ve seen his qualities from coming up against him and it’s a pleasure to now have the opportunity to work with him.
"I spoke to him a lot on the phone when I first got the job and met him a few days ago to give him a better understanding of how I work and what I am looking to achieve here.
"He had other options but hopefully that gave him greater clarity in the decision-making process.
"The fans will be delighted. They have seen first hand what he is capable of and I am convinced he will get better and better.
"He has bought into our vision and want to get better as individuals and collectively as a team. I firmly believe we can grow together.”
Integral Ian Harkes
Dundee United Sporting Director Tony Asghar said: "We’re delighted to secure Ian’s services for another year.
"He has been an integral part of our club since his arrival in 2019 and played a pivotal role in our fourth-placed finish last season.
"His guile, craft and crucial match-deciding goals against the likes of Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee and Partick Thistle played a huge impact on our success on the park.
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"Away from the pitch, Ian is a fantastic ambassador for Dundee United and we’re excited to see what comes next.
"We’re looking forward to European football after securing fourth place and won’t stand still.
"Ian’s new contract is a further signal of our intent to bring continued success to Dundee United.
"We are making significant progress in the recruitment process having identified a number of players that we believe will help bring sustained success to this club.
"We hope to be in a position to update supporters further on this very soon."
You can hear from Ian later on today on why he decided to prolong his stay in an exclusive DUTV interview.