Robertson excited by additions
Dave Robertson is very excited at adding two more players to his squad today as he gets nearer to completing his team for the new season.
Trialists Ciaran Nugent and Craig Roddan have impressed Robertson since arriving this week and they have now signed contracts for the 2016 season.
Nugent is a keeper from U.S.A. and has performed to a high level during pre-season so far: “Ciaran is a player who was highlighted to our assistant manager Declan McIntyre through his contacts in the states. He has shown unbelievable commitment and dedication in coming over here for the trial. He has really impressed us ever since day one and he has continued to grow and develop. Ciaran did really well in training and in the internal games we have had at training.”
Nugent will provide competition for keeper Micheal Schlingermann who was an early signing in December: “He is a great shot-stopper and has excellent distribution. He will provide good competition for places with Micheal Schlingermann. He definitely isn’t just coming in as a back-up. We want to create a competitive environment here where everybody is competing for places and the players are aware that they need to maintain their high levels to stay in the team.
“With the two keepers we have here now if there is any injury or suspension I would be more than happy to stick Ciaran in. He will be an excellent signing for us.”
Nugent is joined by a midfielder in Craig Roddan who has had spent time with Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Carlisle United and Accrington Stanley: “Craig is a passing midfielder with an excellent range. He has excellent quality in possession and a great first touch. He’s very comfortable with the ball and will look to get on it. He will be a playmaker for us. But he also has an edge to his game and can break things up. He has the tenacity to put his foot in.
“He got a great education from spending 12 years at Liverpool coming through their system from a young age right up to the under-21s. It shows the calibre he has and he has matured as a player since then. He is definitely ready to make a good impact here.”
Injuries have held the Liverpudlian back in his career but Robertson says he is now is great shape as he prepares for the new season in March: “Pre-season is helping him with his fitness and he will be well prepared for the start of the season for what will be an exciting game to start the season against Shamrock Rovers.”