Ollie Denham signs 18 month deal

Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce that Ollie Denham has joined the club on a permanent basis from Cardiff City, subject to international transfer clearance. 

The centre half has signed an 18 month deal at the Showgrounds to extend his stay to the end of 2025, following an extremely impressive start to the season. 

Denham joined Rovers during pre-season for what was initially a six month loan spell from the Welsh side. 

The former Manchester United youth has become a mainstay of the Bit O’Red’s back four, appearing 21 times so far this term. The Englishman has formed a formidable partnership with both Nando Pijnaker and Charlie Wiggett at the heart of the Rovers defence. 

“It’s great to get the deal over the line. I’ve been really happy here in Sligo since day one”, Denham said. 

“I’m looking to kick on now under John Russell and the staff. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far. From the minute I came here, I’ve felt comfortable with the players and coaches. It’s been a great six months for me on and off the pitch.

With Denham, Pijnaker, Wiggett and the yet to return John Mahon and Conor Reynolds all set to vie for central defensive positions, there will be plenty of competition for those spots as the season wears on. 

“We have a good squad of players and I think competition is good for everyone because it pushes and pushes you. You can then only improve. Everyone in that position is capable in stepping up when asked. 

“It’s a good standard, this league and it’s really tight. There’s a lot of quality players who’ve been around different leagues, and there’s so many young players who can go as far as they want in football. It’s been a good test and a good challenge for me.

“But I do think we’ve a good squad here and we can push for a European spot. We’re very together and I don’t see why we can’t climb the table.”

Commenting on the addition of Denham on a permanent deal, Rovers boss John Russell said; “I’m delighted Ollie has agreed to sign a permanent contract. He has been a brilliant addition to our team this season. 

“He is a player of immense quality who I know will continue to improve and get better. We want to build a team that can be successful and I think that this signing shows the club’s ambition moving forward.”

David Goulden