Act II: Romeo returns to The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers are thrilled to announce that Romeo Parkes has signed for the 2021 season as the striker moves to The Showgrounds for a second spell.

The 30-year-old was top scorer for the club in 2019 with 11 goals in 30 league games, as well as two in the FAI Cup.

Parkes was an instrumental player for Rovers in that season.

He returned to America for personal reasons in 2020 and he has penned a deal for the new season in Sligo.

Manager Liam Buckley said: “We kept the door open for Romeo if circumstances did work out because we didn’t want to lose him for 2020.

“We were hoping he would return for 2021 and today we’re very pleased it has come to fruition.   

“He did very well for us in 2019, scored double figures in the league and he’ll come back looking to make another big contribution.

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“It wasn’t just goals, there were some standout performances during that season and he complimented a lot of players we have here.

“We are building a squad as best we can with the view to being as strong as we possibly can and make further strides next season.

“Romeo will be another strong addition to the group. We’re making more progress and we have more to do so that work continues.”

Romeo Parkes said: “I’m coming back with a feeling of unfinished business. I feel I owe something because I remember that FAI Cup semi-final with Dundalk when I had to come off early on. We didn’t make the final and I haven’t forgotten it.

“European football is something I’m looking forward to. I like the manager and I look forward to playing with all of the guys again.

“I’ve very happy to be coming back. I really like the club, the place and the fans and we can go further. I’m coming back to finish what was started.”

Under contract at Sligo Rovers for 2021 so far: Ed McGinty, Luke McNicholas, Lewis Banks, Garry Buckley, John Mahon, David Cawley, Niall Morahan, Ryan De Vries, Romeo Parkes, Mark Byrne.