New contract for Owens
Marty Owens has signed a new contract with Sligo Rovers to secure his future with the Bit o’ Red.
The 20-year-old defender played underage football for his home club Charlestown Athletic before signing for Sligo Rovers under-19s and then becoming part of the senior squad last season.
He made his league debut for Rovers in a 3-0 win over Dundalk in The Showgrounds last March and also featured in the final two matches of the season.
Owens said: "I’m delighted, I’ve loved being part of everything at the club and having got the taste for the first-team, I just to trying to keep pushing on.
"I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given and the belief shown in me my by the management is a great confidence boost. I want to prove that I’m worth the chance and I’m grateful for it. I think I featured in six or seven matches and my aim now is to rack up a few more and play whatever part I can in the squad."
Having concluded pre-season training the young Mayo defender feels the Rovers team are keen to get stuck into a busy period of games starting this week with Glentoran in the Setanta Cup and Derry City in the Airtricity League.
"Pre-season has gone well I think. Everyone is flying, we’ve all played in the matches and we’ve been playing well. The players the gaffer has brought in have all settled in very well. We’ve kept the vast majority of the squad and Evan, Aaron and now Anthony have all come on board so it’s great. Not a lot has changed and we just want to see what we can do now in the matches."
Owens is part of a group of young players given an opportunity by Ian Baraclough with Liam Martin, Shane McGinty and Hugh McFadden also part of the pre-season squad and looking for an opportunity as the season goes on.
It is a prospect driving on the young Rovers players according to Owens.
"It’s great, the gaffer says if you are good enough it does not matter what age you are, you’ll get a chance. We’re all getting minutes and it has proven to be a good thing for us. It’s great for myself to try to make an impression and prove I can feature even more this year."