Season Preview: This year's squad
Today's season preview takes a look through the squad that Owen Heary has assembled.
They will begin the 2015 season on Saturday with a match against Cork City in the Showgrounds at 7:45pm.
The squad also includes Ruairi Keating and regan Donelon who will spend the first part of the season on loan at Finn Harps and is also supplimented by several of the under-19 squad.
Ryan Coulter Number: 1 Position: Goalkeeper Age: 26 From: Bray
“I am delighted to be playing for a big club like Sligo Rovers really makes me smile. Coming to play here is a great opportunity for me. 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.”
Alan Keane Number: 2 Position: Defender Age: 30 From: Galway
“I am looking forward to what I think will be another successful season for the club. It will be my seventh year and the club so I know the ins and outs of the place. This year will be a new era for the club and I have been very impressed with Owen Heary since he came in, it’s great to feel wanted. I am buzzing to get going for next year, Owen is a great manager.”
Danny Ledwith Number: 3 Position: Defender Age: 23 From: Arklow
“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.”
Gavin Peers Number: 4 Position: Defender Age: 29 From: Dublin
“It’s a young squad, myself Keano, Raf I think we are the oldest so we have to be there for the young lads. I’ve got on well with them since they came in. I had them round the house the other day for dinner and they’re a good set of lads. There’s a few Dubs from around my area too so it’s easy to get on with them. I’ll help them as much as I can. The hope for me is to get back playing and get back to the way I was.”
Stephen Folan Number: 5 Position: Defender Age: 23 From: Galway
“I have come here because I want to win the league. I think that with the players we have retained and the players that have been added we are more than capable of right up there fighting for the league in October and hopefully getting to a Cup final as well. The club has high expectations and so do I.”
Jeff Henderson Number: 6 Position: Defender Age: 23 From: Newcastle
“I think next year with the team we have we can push on and get back to challenging on all fronts. I definitely think we should be getting back into Europe and hopefully having a good Cup run. The club has been used to winning over the past few years and I think that we will be strong again this year. We will have a team of hungry players and lads who want to push on and do well.”
Kevin Devaney Number: 7 Position: Midfielder Age: 24 From: Sligo
“I am really looking forward to this year and I think it will be great. It will be important that we get off to a good start and get the supporters behind us. Cork showed last year how important it is to get off to a good start and have the fans behind you. It will also be great to have my family there watching me at the games”
David Cawley Number: 8 Position: Midfielder Age: 23 From: Ballina
“I am definitely optimistic that we will be strong next year. I think that next year we will be back up near the top of the table where we should be challenging for honours. Cork will be a tough game but we are looking forward to it."
Dinny Corcoran Number: 9 Position: Striker Age: 26 From: Dublin
“I am very excited about playing this year, Sligo Rovers is a massive club and I can’t wait to get started. My confidence is sky-high at the moment, hopefully I can take that into the league now and for the Cork match, that’s what I will be looking to do.”
Raffaele Cretaro Number: 10 Position: Forward Age: 33 From: Tubbercurry
“I definitely think we can win more this year, I see no reason why we can’t. 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.”
Eoin Wearen Number: 11 Position: Midfielder Age: 22 From: Dublin
“I definitely think the squad we have here is capable of winning trophies and that’s why I am here, I am ambitious myself, I want to be challenging for leagues and cups and everything so if I didn’t see that in the first place I wouldn’t be down here. That comes first for me, I want to be competing at the top of the table.”
Sander Puri Number: 12 Position: Midfielder Age: 26 From: Tartu, Estonia
“I am very happy to have signed for the club. It is great to have found a club and this is a very good club so I am happy to be here.The facilities that the club has here are very good. It is a small town but the stadium is good and the pitch we have to train on is great. There is definitely nothing to complain about.”
Gary Boylan Number: 14 Position: Defender Age: 18 From: Bellmullet
"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. I'm very excited to be continuing on this journey with Sligo Rovers. It means a lot to me that the club is showing such faith in me. I appreciate them being so good to me."
Jake Dykes Number: 15 Position: Defender Age: 19 From: Sligo
"I have to be a first-team regular this season, that's the aim. So I need to work extremely hard to do that. That will be my number one aim for this season, the rest will take care of itself."
Keith Ward Number: 17 Position: Midfielder Age: 24 From: Dublin
“Having been out injured for a long time I am really looking forward to getting back playing and training. Due to the injury I didn’t get to play as much as I would like last year. I am more than delighted to be coming to play for Rovers, they are a top team who have done really well over the past few years and it’s a great place to go and play football.”
John Russell Number: 18 Position: Midfielder Age: 29 From: Galway
“I think realistically the target this year has to be getting into the top three and qualifying for Europe again. Hopefully we could go on a good run and then you never know. It’s a couple of years since the club won the league and it’s about bringing through some young players now.”
Gary Armstrong Number: 20 Position: Forward Age: 19 From: Sligo
“As I child I always supported Rovers and went to the games so it’s fantastic to be playing now. Obviously with my grandfather having played for the club and being the all-time leading scorer it’s great to be following him. Hopefully this year I can challenge for a place in the first team.”
Morten Nielsen Number: 21 Position: Striker Age: 25 From: Copenhagen
“For this season I want to be top scorer for the club and for the League of Ireland. I bet if you ask any guy from any team he will say that. There can only be one. I want to be that one. Everybody’s been really friendly, and everybody wants me to succeed. I want myself to succeed and to do the best I can.”
Steven Beattie Number: 22 Position: Midfielder Age: 26 From: Dublin
“Realistically I think the club can win the league this year. No way am I moving to Sligo to go backwards in my career. I think this is an opportunity for me to win things. Sligo Rovers has that mentality of winning things and there’s no reason why we won’t get back there next year. It’s a task and will not be easy but I think we are very capable.”
Richard Brush Number: 42 Position: Goalkeeper Age: 30 From: Birmingham
“I definitely think that this squad can be successful next year. Owen has come in and shook things up a bit and put his own stamp on things and brought in the players that he wants. He has brought in some young, hungry players which I think is a really good thing.”
See the new team in action for the first time this Saturday in the Showgrounds, it's Sligo Rovers vs Cork City at 7:45pm with tickets available at the gate.
Owen Heary interview
Opening day form