Owen Heary on his first signings
At Owen Heary’s press conference yesterday it was also announced that four new players had agreed terms to play for the Bit o’Red in 2015.
Heary spoke to sligorovers.com about what he hopes Kevin Devaney, Dinny Corcoran, Steven Beattie and Keith Ward will bring to the club and also about the further additions he would like to make to the squad.
“Obviously 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“They are all attacking players and it was definitely something I think we needed to add to the squad. Last year I felt Rovers lacked a bit of pace out wide and up front and these players have that. They will help us to get forward quicker and get crosses into the box. That’s an area I feel we can improve on. The more time we can spend going forward and on the ball the less work there is for our defenders.
“I have found it very easy to convince players to come to join Sligo Rovers. All the former players have spoken very highly of the club. The new players came down for the first time yesterday and straight away they were very impressed with what they saw. They were delighted to see the quality of the facilities that the club has. The club is run very professionally and that is something that makes it easier to attract players. It is also something that I look for myself; I am here because I can see that.
"It is good have six players as well as some good young players signed up already. It is a process that is still ongoing. Other clubs may have more money to offer players but we can sell the club to them. We want players that are willing to play for the shirt, I want them to prove that they want to play for us and have the ambition to come and win trophies. We are continuing to look to get the best possible players here and that will take as long as it takes.”