Rovers v Wexford - Team news
Sligo Rovers have added to their squad ahead of tomorrow's (Friday) trip to Wexford Youths. The Bit O'Red are delighted to announce the signing of American midfielder Pat McCann.
McCann, a native of Long Island, has impressed while on trial with Rovers and could make his first appearance tomorrow night.
The 25-year-old has previous experience in the League of Ireland having spent two seasons with Finn Harps in 2013 and 2014, making 42 appearances and scoring six times. He can play across the back or in the centre of midfield.
In other team news, Rovers will be without both Gavin Peers and Jimmy Keohane for our first ever trip to Ferrycarrig Park, due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Regan Donelon also misses out due to a hamstring injury.
Speaking ahead of the game and also welcoming McCann to the Showgrounds, manager Dave Robertson said: "Regan had trained with the squad this week but he's broken down and hasn't quite fully recovered from the injury he picked up a few weeks ago. We have some permeations and it was great news to finally get Pat McCann's international clearance this week.
"Pat has been training with us for a few weeks. Thankfully, the clearance has come through because he can provide us with cover across the back four and can also provide cover in the middle as well. He's a good versatile player who gives us the energy and guile we need. He's impressed in the games he's played against Galway and Limerick. With Gavin, Jimmy and Regan out, his chances of starting against Wexford have improved."
Looking ahead to the game itself, Robertson says his side will have to be at their best to beat a resolute Youths outfit. "With Wexford, what we do know is that they're a good footballing side. They've played some attractive stuff throughout the season. Shane Keegan has spoken over the last few games about how he is making his team harder to play against and harder to beat. They've been playing a little more defensive the past few weeks and have been solid. They got a great result away to Finn Harps recently so that shows they are becoming more resilient. That is going to provide us with its own challenge that we will have to overcome."
Following Friday's game, the Bit O'Red then make the long journey south just three days later to face Cork City at Turner's Cross. Challenging the players on the fringe of the team, Robertson says: "As a manager what you look to do is manage your squad through in terms of making sure players are available for games. But with the three lads being out, naturally it's going to open up places in the starting team. The ones who have the shirt tomorrow night against Wexford will need to give us everything they've got if they want to stay in the team for Cork."
Robertson also confirmed that Rovers have this week, signed a striker but that international clearance is still required. The Rovers boss says he hopes to announce that player in the coming days. "We have picked up a centre forward who has been playing in League One and he'll be joining up with the squad to meet his new team mates tomorrow. We hope to have him in the squad for Cork if not the Shamrock Rovers the following Friday."