Gary Boylan signs new deal
Sligo Rovers are pleased to announce that Gary Boylan has signed a new contract with the club. The young defender has signed a deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2015 season.
Boylan, who comes from Bellmullet in Co. Mayo, made his first team debut against Derry City in the Showgrounds on May 5th after an impressive first season with the under-19 squad. He has also featured in recent games against Derry City and Bohemians.
He joins fellow graduates of the under-19 squad Ruairi Keating, Regan Donelon and Jake Dykes in committing their futures to the Bit o’Red for next season.
Head of Youth Development and current caretaker manager Gavin Dykes spoke about signing Boylan. "I'm delighted that he's signed. He has come through the system and done very well at under-19 level. Gary has a lot of potential and we have done a lot of work with him. It's important to get the under-19 players coming through.
"He's an athlete firstly and is technically very good. Gary has a great attitude and is willing to learn. He has a strong appetite to be a professional footballer.
"He is a player who is capable of breaking into the first-team regularly next year. The more he plays the more comfortable he will get. I would expect him to be making a move over to play in England at some stage in his career."
On the signings of several under-19 players Dykes said. "I'm very happy to see them being signed up. And there is more to come with the likes of Gary Armstrong, Ross Taheny and Ryan McManus being involved with the first team recently and doing well. It's great for the club, we have put in the work and its beginning to bear fruit.
"The philosophy of the club is to look and young players and bring them through. It’s a big step up from under-19 to first team level but being involved will improve them"
Boylan also spoke about how happy he is to have signed the deal. "It's great to get another year at the club. I'm delighted. To get another year's deal at such a big club is absolutely brilliant. It's great to be sorted for next year.
"I'm very excited to be continuing on this journey with Sligo Rovers. There's six games left this season so I'll try and get a few more appearances and then get my head down and look forward to next year.
"It means a lot to me that the club is showing such faith in me. It's not easy to get a contract at such a big club. I appreciate them being so good to me."