"As a local it is different."
Gary Armstrong said he is delighted to be staying at his local club are agreeing a new contract with Rovers for next year.
Armstrong is one of a group of local talent who have begun to shine at The Showgrounds over the last year and he is keen to play more again for 2016.
“I am delighted to be signing to stay here for next season. Sligo Rovers is definitely the place I want to be. There was a couple of other offers on the table for me but I always wanted to stay here.”
Reflecting on the season just finished, Armstrong felt it had some ups as well as downs: “It was an inconsistent year for me. At the start I wasn’t getting any games which was frustrating. Then under Joey I started to get some more regular playing time so I really enjoyed that. When Micky and Alan came in the results were great but I wasn’t getting as much time again which was frustrating but I am just looking forward to getting going for next season now.
“There’s definitely a hunger to bring back success to the club. As a local it is different to others who come here from Dublin or abroad, it means that bit more to someone like me or Raff. I just really want the club to be successful and that is the aim now.”
The 19 year-old has liked what he has heard from new manager Dave Robertson who has set him the task of establishing himself as a regular in the team for the upcoming season: “I definitely think that Dave is the right man for the job. He has a great record of bringing through young players. He told me that he doesn’t want me to be part of the squad. He’d like to see breaking into the team. I understand what he wants for me and getting in the team is my aim.”