Armstrong signs new contract
Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce that Gary Armstrong has signed a new contract with the Bit O’Red until the end of 2017.
The forward will now join Ballinamallard United on loan with the option to return in January for the 2017 season.
The 20 year-old will continue to train with Rovers while playing with Ballinamallard who have recently started their new season.
He joins Gary Boylan, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Kieran Sadlier and Daniel Kearns in being committed to Rovers for the next 18 months.
Dave Robertson spoke of his delight of keeping Gary Armstrong at the club and the opportunity his loan spell brings:
“It is fantastic that Gary has signed with the club for the 2017 season. He is definitely a talented player for the future of this club. He is one that has come through the youth ranks here and everyone in Sligo is very proud of what he has achieved so far.
“Going out on loan will give him the opportunity to play senior football week-in, week-out. We know from young players here previously that going away to get the chance to play senior football has benefited them and they have come back better players’ for it. Regan Donelon had a similar loan spell with Finn Harps last year and came back better. Likewise Liam Martin had a year or so playing regular football with Ballinamallard. It gives them the best opportunity to develop and effect the first team when they return.”
Robertson is looking forward to having an improved Armstrong at his disposal for the beginning of the 2017 season.