Adebayo-Rowling extends contract
Sligo Rovers have signed right-back Tobi Adebayo-Rowling on a new contract.
It keeps Adebayo-Rowling with Rovers until the end of the 2017 season.
The Brighton native joined The Bit o’Red at the start of the season from Peterborough United where he began his professional career and played five times.
His debut came on the opening night of the season at The Showgrounds against Shamrock Rovers.
The 19 year-old has played in every minute of the 16 SSE Airtricity League and two cup games played this season.
He has impressed both in defence and with his energetic attacking runs forward.
Dave Robertson also spoke of his pleasure to be extending the stay of a young player who his is a very big fan of.
Robertson brought Adebayo-Rowling from Peterborough where he was previously manager and said of him:
“I think everybody who has been at The Showgrounds this season and seen Tobi play can see how good he has been. The good thing is that I know what he is about both as a player and as a person. He is an excellent professional and he is slotted into life in Sligo very quickly and easily.
“It has not taken him long to adapt to playing in the league here and he has grown a lot since playing his first game. Now he has the opportunity to keep on improving and developing. With the way he has been playing it was no surprise that he was attracting interest from elsewhere.
“Tobi needed to come somewhere he could play regularly and he has bedded in very well both in football terms and with his life here. I think he is already on his way to becoming a firm favourite with the fans.”
With 18 months more to spend at The Showgrounds Robertson sees it as a great opportunity for him to continue the development already seen
“Over the next 18 months he will continue to improve and gain experience as a player. He will continue to understand the game better and you can already see how technically gifted he is and his physical development. He will continue to mature as a professional and is a very exciting prospect for the club.”
Robertson sees his attacking style from defence as the perfect fit for the overall philosophy he wants and hopes that the youngster can have a similar impact at the club as his predecessor Alan Keane:
“His attacking style is something that fits well with what we do as a team. When you have someone like Alan Keane to replace its’ not easy but I think Tobi is the type of player that the fans here would love to see emulate some of the things Alan achieved. This contract gives him the time to continue to grow and build on the foundations he has already laid. It is great to have him committed for the next 18 months and be able to continue his work so far. If he can get near the time that Alan Keane or Gavin Peers have spent here it would be fantastic for Tobi and for Sligo Rovers.”
Adebayo-Rowling and Daniel Kearns join Kieran Sadlier and Gary Boylan in being contracted to the club for the next 18 months.