Cretaro signs up for 2015

 

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce that Raffaele Cretaro has signed a new deal to stay with the club next year for what will be his 14th season at the Showgrounds.

The Tubbercurry native began his career with the club in 2000 and has won the Premier Division, FAI Cup, Setanta Sports cup and First Division during his time with Rovers.

He has made a total of 412 appearances in his Bit o’Red career, an amount only surpassed by Tony Fagan. He has also scored 68 goals to put him third on the club’s all-time list.

A calf injury restricted his 2014 season but he was part of the first Sligo Rovers team to get through a round in Europe for 20 years when beating FK Banga 4-0 on aggregate in the Europa League.

On signing up again Cretaro said he is delighted: “It’s great to have signed and to get it done so quickly. It can be tough at the end of the season trying to get your future sorted but the club have been great with me and things moved along very quickly. I am happy to have signed and am looking forward to next season already.”

He has been impressed with new manager Owen Heary: “I played with Owen before for a year at Bohemians so I know a bit about him and what he’s about. I know what sort of personality he is and he has the mentality of wanting to win things. I know what he will want and that is to win trophies and that is the attitude he will be emphasising to the team.”

Cretaro is confident that the club can repeat the success of recent years and win more honours: “I definitely think we can win more next year, I see no reason why we can’t. The squad is beginning to come together now. I know that the top of Owen’s list of priorities will be to lift a trophy. I am really looking forward to next year and it should be a very interesting season. Hopefully we can get a good start and go on from there.”

He feels that he is now over the injuries that troubled him this year: “I was absolutely devastated about the injuries last year. It was the worst season I have had in terms of injuries. But there is nothing I could’ve done about it. I had to have the surgery to fix the problem and clear it up. But I was delighted to come back for the last 10 games and played with no bother so I am just hoping to stay injury free for next year. I am very happy with how Owen has talked about managing my fitness that maybe it might be better for me to have the odd day off training and maybe go to the gym or the swimming pool instead.”

On the records for the club he holds he says he doesn’t give it too much attention: “I don’t give it too much thought really. I normally only know afterwards when I hear about something. Last year I didn’t score all season which was the first time that has happened in my career so I will be looking to go and put that right next year.” He is 14 goals behind Padriag Moran who is the club’s second-highest ever goalscorer: “It’s not something that I think is out of my reach so it’s something that I will be aiming for. I believe that I can still score 14 more goals for the club.”

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