Exciting new signings made
We are continuing to look at reasons to Back the Bit o'Red in 2015. Today we are looking at the new additions which have been made to our squad.
Rovers have added to the squad for 2015 with some exciting new players and more are set to come.
At present six new players have been added by Owen Heary. He has brought four players with him from former club Bohemians. All signings are under the age of 26 and include some of the most promising attacking players in the league to give the Bit o’Red a new look for 2015.
They are Dinny Corcoran, Kevin Devaney, Steven Beattie and Eoin Wearen all from Bohs and Keith Ward coming from Dundalk and Ryan Coulter from Athlone Town.
Striker Dinny Corcoran scored 20 goals last season for Bohemains last season and was one of Owen Heary’s first acquisitions. The 25year-old has scored over 50 goals over his career but last year was a breakthrough season as he finished as one of the league’s highest scorers.
Corcoran: “I am very excited about playing next year, Sligo Rovers is a massive club and I can’t wait to get started. I definitely feel like I am capable of playing for a club challenging near the top of the league. I always have but last year was a breakthrough year for me. I was able to avoid injuries and my confidence improved which is a massive part of my game. I feel I am good enough to play for a club like Sligo Rovers and want to go out and prove that."
Heary on Corcoran: “Dinny is a natural goalscorer. He scored nearly 20 goals last year so he definitely knows where the goal is and it is important for every team to have someone like that. He can still add more goals as he gets into very good positions but he is up there with the top strikers playing in the league. He is someone with good composure and is still young so I feel that he will shine with Sligo Rovers next year.”
Kevin Devaney is a Sligo native who is returning to the club he started his career with having impressed over the past couple of seasons at Bohemians. The wide player from Calry was a key part of the Bohs team over the past couple of season scoring some vital goals.
Devaney: “I am absolutely delighted to have signed for Sligo Rovers. I think that we can have a really great season next year and I am already looking forward to it. I supported the club when I was younger and went to games and all the cup finals so it’s great to be able to play now. I am really looking forward to playing now and I think next year will be great. It will be important that we get a good start and get the supporters behind us. Cork showed alst year how important it is to get off to a good start and have the fans behind you."
Heary on Devaney: “Kevin Devaney is a local and will have that extra enthusiasm to play for the club. He is player with pace, directness and is very good on the ball. He also knows where the goal is. He has a very good delivery and brings an energy that I think was lacking a bit here last year. Kevin has improved immensely in the last couple of years and I think he can improve again this year.”
Keith Ward is a talented mid-fielder who was part of the Dundalk squad to win the League and League Cup in 2014.He has also played for UCD and Bohemians an amassed over 150 career appearances.
Ward: “It’s great to be able to play for Owen Heary. He has won so many things in his career, I remember watching him when I was younger and he was always a great player and is a legend in the league. I played with him at Bohs when he was 36 but he was still running up and down the wing and was so impressive in training every day. He is a complete professional. I would just like to thank him for giving me the opportunity to play for him."
Heary on Ward: “Keith Ward is coming from Dundalk so he is a league champion. He is one of the most technically gifted players I have seen in the league and reminds me a bit of Wes Hoolahan who I played with at Shelbourne. He has great ability and has that pass which can open up a defence. He will also provide quality from set-pieces. It will be a big season for him having had his injury problems so it’s important for him to settle in quickly and hit the ground running.”
Steven Beattie has also come from Bohemians where he had a stand-out year in his first season in the SSE Airtricity League. The versatile attacker had played in the USA and Iceland before returning home.
Beattie: “I can’t wait to get started and get working with Owen again. I got on really well with Owen at Bohs and I spoke to him very, very thoroughly about what he wants to do at Sligo Rovers. We are on the same page in that we want to get back winning things and push the club, which is a huge club, back to where they were a couple of years ago which is winning league titles and FAI Cups. With the stature of the club it’s going to go forward and I’m really excited to get going. I’d love to start next week, I just can’t wait to get going for the new season."
Heary on Beattie: “Steven Beattie brings a lot of energy. He is both good in the air and on the ball. He is another very direct player that is physically strong. He is able to play in numerous positions, out wide on either side, up front, full back and in the middle. That versatility is something that will be very good for us to have.”
Ryan Coulter is a goalkeeper who like Beattie played his early career in America and returned this season. Having signed for Athlone Town mid-way through the season he put in some impressive displayes to catch the eye of Owen Heary.
Coulter: “My main ambition this year will be to establish myself as the number one. It’s a step up for me and I will try to continually progress. I will look to do my best and make the keeper’s jersey my own. We will be hoping to have a solid successful season. The goal is to be competitive and to win trophies. And with the players we have brought in I definitely believe we will do that.”
Heary on Coulter: “I had been in touch with him before when he was playing in the states and I tried to sign him for Bohs during the year. I saw an improvement in him since signing for Athlone and he is a very decent keeper. I spoke to some of the senior goalkeepers in the league and to some of the coaches he has worked with and they all rate him highly. He has good quality and we know what he can do. He’s another good lad who looks after himself and is ambitious. That’s the type of player I want at the club.”
Eoin Wearen is the most recent addition to the squad and is another recruited by Owen Heary from Bohemians. The former Irish underage mid-fielder joined Bohs in 2014 having spent his youth career with West Ham United and had an impressive year.
Wearen: “It was an easy decision to sign for Sligo Rovers. It’s been a couple of months since the season finished, I’ve weighed up all my options and looked at the things that are available to me. I came down and met with Owen last week and I had a great relationship with him last year. I saw what Sligo Rovers have to offer with the facilities and heard a lot of great things about the club and the people down here so it was a very easy decision in the end."
Owen Heary said: “He is a very, very talented player. He signed when he was young for West Ham and was there for four or five years so there is obviously a reason why he was there. Unfortunately he got injured so he came back last year with Bohs through the latter end of the season so I think people seen how good he was."
The new additions bring the squad size to 19 with Owen Heary still looking to add before the season starts. Stay tuned to sligorovers.com to hear news of any further signings first.
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