"It's time to come home" - Schlingermann
Goalkeeper Micheal Schlingermann became the first new addition to the squad by manager Dave Robertson.
The 2015 PFAI keeper of the year comes from Drogheda United and puts pen to paper at The Showgrounds.
He gave his reaction to joining the Bit o’Red: “I am delighted to be signing with Rovers. Last season was disappointing for me so I was looking to get sorted as soon as possible. As soon as Dave rang me I got excited about coming here. It’s coming back home and to a big club in Sligo Rovers so it’s great.”
Schlingermann started his career with Rovers six years ago making one first team appearance against Bohemians: “I was here when I was 17 and I made my debut under Paul Cook. It was then that I built a hunger to play football because I had been playing GAA as well up until then. My time here was a big part of the decision to stick with football and it’s worked out really well for me.
“After leaving I went to Athlone, initially it was just to be for a year and come back but it went so well and I became number one so I stayed. From there I worked my way up the league and I had two and a half great seasons with Drogheda. But it’s time to come home.”
While 2015 seen the Mayo keeper receive many personal accolades it ended with the disappointment of relegation for his team, that’s something he wants to change next year: “It was a great year for me personally last year but it was disappointing for the team. The aim for me this year is to keep up the performances but with a team that is up there competing in the league and for cups. I know that’s what Sligo Rovers fans will want. We will want to bounce back from last year and hopefully I can be a big part of that.”
Schlingermann also spoke of how impressed he was with new Rovers manager Dave Robertson and credited him with his decision to sign: “Everything he said made me want to sign even more. It was a big decision to leave a full-time job, I had been made to feel like a local in Castleknock. But Dave was a big part of that decision. He made the move even more attractive and appealing. I would have been foolish to say no.”