2023 Men’s Squad update

Sligo Rovers 2023 SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division season is fast approaching with Shamrock Rovers the visitors to The Showgrounds on the opening day of the season on Saturday February 18th at 7.45pm.

Pre-season training begins in less than a fortnight with Manager John Russell and his Management team busy making preparations for the squad to help prepare them for the year ahead.

This week, Russell added Nando Pijnaker to his squad on a permanent basis after completing a transfer from his former club Rio Ave in Portugal.

Nando joins other new signings Johan Brannefalk and Lukas Browning who both join from Sweden, James Finnerty from Bohemians and Daniel Lafferty from Derry City.

Rovers already had a number of players on long-term contracts with Kailin Barlow, Luke McNicholas, Eanna Clancy, Aidan Keena and Max Mata all signed until 2024 or 2025 respectively.

Winger Fabrice Hartmann remains at the club on loan from RB Leipzig, a deal that is due to expire on June 30th 2023.

Greg Bolger, David Cawley, Richard Brush and Will Fitzgerald all re-signed for the club after their contracts were due to expire at the end of the 2022 season.

Garry Buckley and Mark Byrne are due to remain sidelined until at least May or June after both sustaining ACL injuries in 2022.

The full 2023 squad so far is listed below:


Luke McNicholas, Conor Walsh, Richard Brush


Johan Brannefalk, Daniel Lafferty, James Finnerty, Nando Pijnaker, Eanna Clancy, Garry Buckley.


Greg Bolger, Will Fitzgerald, Niall Morahan, Lukas Browning, David Cawley, Kailin Barlow, Mark Byrne, Karl O’ Sullivan, Frank Liivak, Fabrice Hartmann


Aidan Keena, Max Mata, Cillian Heaney

A series of pre-season friendlies will be announced shortly with two home games expected at The Showgrounds in early February.

There will be an opportunity for our Super Reds to meet the team at our annual Super Red open day at The Showgrounds. At this event they can meet the squad, join in some games with them and have an opportunity to capture memories of the day with aurographs and photographs.

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