New home jersey launched at club store
Sligo Rovers brand new home jersey for 2015 was launched at an event at our club store in Johnston Court shopping centre today.
The jersey sees a popular return to stripes for the Bit o'Red for both the home and away kits.
Both jerseys are now on sale at the club store and also online here: http://www.sligorovers.com/shop/category/jersey
The shop also has a wide range of merchandise on sale providing plenty of options for the Christmas shopping period. As well as the jersey the shop has hoodies, jumpers, coats, rain jackets, hats, caps, scarfs, shorts, tracksuits bottoms, t-shirts, Christmas cards, pennants, calendars and more. We also have jerseys worn last season by the players on sale.
We were delighted to have members of the squad Alan Keane, David Cawley, Ruairi Keating and Ryan Coulter there to help us launch the jersey.
At the launch it was also announced that Jeff Henderson has signed a new contract with the club. See here for further details on our latest key signing: http://www.sligorovers.com/news/14/dec/henderson-signs-contract-2015
At the launch all players spoke of being happy to be wearing the new striped jersey for the 2015 season.
Alan Keane said: “The jersey is lovely, obviously the stripes are back. I think the majority of the fans are happy with that. It’s a lovely jersey, both home and away, and I am looking forward to wearing it come the new season in 2015.”
On the signing of Jeff Henderson: “It’s brilliant to sign Jeff, he is a great young player and his attitude is very good as well. He is a good professional and he’s a good lad to have around the place. I’m delighted because I think he has the potential to go even further in the game once he stays injury free. I am looking forward to having him back and it strengthens our defensive options again for next year.
“I am looking forward already to the new season starting having missed the end of the last season after breaking a bone in my foot. It feels like an age since I got to kick a ball. I have been training with the under-19s last week and I just want to get going again and get back to competitive games and training. You miss the craic around the dressing room with the lads, it’s a long off-season from October til January when we are back and then March for the first game. Hopefully we can kick-start the season with a good result.
“I definitely think we can challenge for trophies with what we’ve got here. People say you need proven lads to win trophies but when I came here in 2009 I hadn’t won anything and look where I am six years on, I have won everything. The lads that are coming now are young, they’re ambitious and they’re hungry. That’s what we need, maybe some people aren’t hungry anymore and that’s why we needed a bit of a freshen up. I’ve played against all the lads and they are all good players in their own right and I’m looking forward to working with them. We’ve also kept some of the best players from last year and I’m sure we’ll be able to push them on and help them settle in.”
New keeper Ryan Coulter also said that he’s a fan of the new jersey: “I like it a lot. I saw online that a lot of the fans are happy to see the club go back to stripes which we had a number of years ago. It’s also a completely revamped team as well and there’s changes all around which is exciting. It’s great to see a good turnout today. This is my first real interaction with the fans and to have a turnout like this for a jersey launch is great, some clubs would be happy with this on a gameday. I like the keeper’s as well so we’ll see if we can make it winning stripes next year.
“I am still working hard to keep fit. As soon as the season finished I have been in the gym every day. I want to hit the ground running as soon as pre-season comes so putting the hard graft in now will make pre-season more manageable. I want to go in flying fit and hit the ground running to give myself the best chance to playing some games.
“I am really looking forward to working alongside Richard Brush. I’m a league of Ireland fan through and through so I was aware of Brushie before I left for the States. I have watched him play in numerous games. He has a wealth of experience and as a keeper myself I want to feed off that and learn from him. He is a very good keeper and that wealth of experience is something that can stand to me. I’m sure it’s going to be a great season working alongside him.
“I think we have a squad here that is capable of challenging for trophies. We all know how good Owen was as a player. He knows what it is going to take to be successful. He’s been in successful teams and successful environments so he’s not going to build something that he deems not capable of success. I thoroughly believe that with Owen in charge we are a team that can be competitive and can go on and win things. It’s important to have a good pre-season and gel together quickly. It’ll breathe new life into the team and everyone is gunning for success and starting positions. It’s going to be competitive and a good group to work alongside. I can only see it being a success, it may take time for the players to gel together but I think it’s going to be a good season.”
David Cawley was also impressed: “I like the jersey and the whole shop here. The stripes are part of the history of the club. This is the first time I have got to see it in person so I like it a lot, I like it more than last year’s one.
“I am looking forward to working under Owen Heary in the new season. I had a brief chat with him before I signed. I am looking forward to hopefully a successful year at the club again. I‘ve played three seasons at the club and I’ve got a medal in each of them so next year I am hoping for more.
“I think the squad that we have is a good mix, there is some new faces that have come in that are good signings. Owen has had them before. We have also kept a good few of the lads from last year and today Jeff being announced is great news for the club. He is a good young player that I’m sure will play at a higher level in the future.”
One of the club’s young stars Ruairi Keating is also liking the new look Rovers: “The jersey is great, I love it. I like the stripes and I think I prefer it to last year’s.
“Last season was good for me. I was on loan at Finn Harps at the start of the season. I came back then in June half way through. It was a good opportunity for me to come back and get into the first team which is what I wanted to do ever since I joined the under-19s.It was nice to get involved and get some game time. I didn’t really expect it. The one thing I was missing was a couple of goals but that will come next year hopefully.
“Hopefully next year I can get regularly playing. It’s a big change this year and there’s a lot of new faces in and a new manager. It’s all about hitting the ground running, getting things done in pre-season and that’s what I am looking forward to. So hopefully I can get in the team, score some goals and see how it goes from there.
“I am looking forward to playing with some of the new signings, it will be great. I was watching Dinny Corcoran this year and he scored a lot of goals so hoping he can come here and do that as well.”
See a gallery of images from today's launch here: http://www.sligorovers.com/gallery/14/dec/home-jersey-launch