Two more added to Bit o'Red squad

 

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce the addition of two more players to the squad for the new season with Ryan Coulter joining and Danny Ledwith signing for another season.

Coulter is a goalkeeper who signs from Athlone Town with Ledwith now going into his second year with the Bit o’Red.

They join Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Gary Boylan, Jake Dykes, Regan Donelon, David Cawley, John Russell, Keith Ward, Steven Beattie, Kevin Devaney, Raf Cretaro, Ruairi Keating and Dinny Corcoran in Owen Heary’s squad for 2015.

25 year-old keeper Ryan Coulter began his career at Dundalk but left after just one appearance in 2009 to play in America.

He initially played with the University of San Diego. In 2011 he moved to join East Tennessee State University. He played there for three years and set numerous records including most career clean sheets and most clean sheets in a season. He also captained the side for three seasons.

He returned to Ireland this year and signed for Athlone Town in July and immediately became first choice keeper. He impressed in his 15 games with them keeping three clean sheets as they were narrowly relegated from the Premier Division.

Coulter told sligorovers.com firstly about his career in America: “It was fantastic and a great opportunity to go over there. It gave me the chance to train full-time while also getting an education so I grabbed it with both hands. I had a really successful time over there, I captained my team for three years and set various records. I loved every minute of it and I look back on my time there with fond memories.”

He was glad to return to play in the SSE Airtricity League which he has always been a fan of: “I am League of Ireland through. I grew up in Bray and was a big Bray Wanderers fan and went to the games every week. So I am delighted to be part of the league now and to be playing for a big club like Sligo Rovers really makes me smile. Coming to play here is a great opportunity for me. I spent some time training over in England with Championship clubs and when you look at the set up here it’s just as good.

“As soon as I got the call from Owen it was something I wanted to follow through on and wasn’t going to turn down. I am really looking forward to playing now.

“I think Owen is going to be a great manager for the club. You can see that he has that commitment and hunger and wants success and once you have that its half the battle. I know him well from his time playing and he is a real footballing guy who will be great to play for. He will understand how players feel and be able to relate to them and brings a wealth of experience to the job.

“My main ambition this year will be to establish myself as the number one. It’s a step up for me and I will be 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.”

Danny Ledwith signed a year ago from Shamrock Rovers and made 36 appearances in the 2014 season.

The 23 year-old featured at both left-back and the left side of midfield during the season.

He scored five goals over the course of the year including a spectacular effort away to Cork City in September.

He played in the final of the Setanta Sports Cup with the 1-0 win over Dundalk earning him a winners’ medal in the competition for a second year in a row.

Speaking about signing Ledwith said: “I’m delighted to be signing again with Sligo Rovers. This is normally a horrible time of year for players as you don’t know what you’re doing but I spoke to Owen as soon as he came in and I’m happy to have my future sorted. I am looking forward to the new season and having another year here. Last year wasn’t great for the club but I still enjoyed it. Sligo is a great town and a great place to play football.

“I think this year Owen’s wants me to play more at left-back and get that position nailed down. It’s good to be able to stay in the same position, get a run of games and build consistency. I’m happy to be just on the pitch but it’s nice to nail down a position and make it yours.

“I think Owen Heary will be a very good manager and I’m excited about working under him. It’s good to have a young ambitious manager. As soon as I spoke to him you could see that ambition as he doesn’t just want to qualify for Europe he wants to win the league. He knows the league really well and has won everything here. He will be a good person to work under and I’m really excited about it.”

On his own ambitions for next season he says: “At the start of the season nothing is impossible. With the signings we have made there is no reason why we cannot be challenging for the title. Not being in Europe this year was very disappointing so the main thing has to be European qualification. The European games at the Showgrounds are very special and it’s important to get that back. But if we can start the season well then winning the league can definitely be an option.”

 

Season tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now.

This year the club are offering family season tickets giving families the best possible value. There are four pricing options available, see further details below.

All other prices remain unchanged from 2014 with early bird prices available up until December 24th.

Golden season tickets are again on sale giving fans the option to reserve their seat in the Treacy Avenue stand for every league game.

There is also an added incentive for all second and third level students with discount vouchers for the club shop with every season ticket.

They are available from the Showgrounds and online here: http://www.sligorovers.com/shop/product/2015-adult-season-ticket

Full list of early bird prices. Price after December 24th in brackets:

Adult

€200

(€230)

OAP

€120

(€150)

Second level student

€60

(€70)

Third level student

€120

(€150)

Super Reds

€40

(€45)

Gold

€270

(€300)

One Adult & One Super Red

€230

(€265)

One Adult & Two Super Reds

€260

(€300)

Two Adults & One Super Red

€420

(€480)

Two Adults & Two Super Reds

€440

(€500)

 

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