Russell and Brush sign for 2014
Sligo Rovers can confirm the signings of John Russell and Richard Brush for the 2014 season.
Russell, 28, signs from St Patrick's Athletic following a league-winning season with the Saints. He was appointed Regional Development Officer for the Sligo region earlier this week.
Brush signs for Rovers for the third time after leaving Shamrock Rovers. It brings to 17 so far in Ian Baraclough's squad for 2014.
John Russell said:
“I’ve heard great things about Ian Baraclough and Gary Stevens, I’m looking forward to getting in for pre-season and kicking off. You look at the players that have been signed for 2014 and they are all of a very high quality. I’m delighted to be back, it bodes well for the season ahead with Richard signing as well. We know the area, the club, the players so hopefully it will work out well.
“It’s going to be a big challenge. I start in Janaury with the FAI and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it. In the playing side of things, I’m only 28 so I want to keep playing as long as I can. I’m excited about working with everyone in Sligo.
“I had brilliant seasons with the club in 2010 and 2011. I left for reasons outside of football, I had two great years at St Pat’s and it was brilliant to go and win the league this season. When I got the RDO role, there was just one place for me. It is great to be back. The club has come on leaps and bounds over a number of years. It is used to success, all the fans and players are used to winning trophies. There is disappointment from not retaining the title, it is difficult to do it and Pat’s will have that challenge next year. I'm here to try to win titles, it’s a target of the club to get that trophy back.
Richard Brush said:
“It’s a hometown club for me. When Sligo Rovers approach, it is very hard to turn down. I’m delighted to be back in Europe as well. I was here with Gary Rogers before and his form the last two season has been magnificent. It’s a great challenge for me and of course for Gary as well. It can only benefit both of us and the club as well. I’ve won every trophy but that hunger never goes. I want to be there at the end this season with some honours.“
Ian Baraclough said:
"I think John will prove to be a terrific signing. He has grown up a lot with more experience including a league title with Pat's. He will bring us something different in midfield, breaking forward and has the ability to play on the left or the right if needed.
"We train in the mornings, John will be able to balance both and as far as I'm concerned being a development officer for Sligo and playing for Sligo Rovers is a perfect match. It is something we take advantage of with John moving to Sligo and it is good news for football in Sligo."
"With the acquisition of Richard I feel we have the two best goalkeepers in the League of Ireland. Gary Rogers is the first to admit that a big part of why he was the voted the outstanding goalkeeper of 2012 is because Richard was there behind him, keeping him on his toes because of just how good he is. He is not coming here to sit on the bench. I want the competition to be extremely high and he fits nicely into the squad. He is a great character and I'm very pleased to bring him back to the club.
"The budget has had to go a long way and we've made it happen. I didn't sit down and target having the squad as close to completion as we have it now by the first week of December. It has fallen into place and our targets have come to fruition. I'm getting the backing from the club and there is somewhere else I want to strengthen before our business is complete. Today's signings are very important, I'm very happy with the players assembled so far and I think the fans will be just as excited."