Reece Hutchinson joins Bit O’ Red on loan

Sligo Rovers can confirm the signing of left-back Reece Hutchinson on loan until the end of June 2023 from English League One side Cheltenham Town.

Hutchinson (22) is from Birmingham in England and came through the youth ranks of Burton Albion, making 43 appearances in League One as well as a number of cup appearances for the Brewers before moving to Cheltenham Town in 2021.

Bit O’ Red Manager John Russell was on the look out for defensive cover heading into the new SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division season after injuries to Garry Buckley and Garry Boylan and he is happy to secure the signing of Hutchinson today:

‘’I’m delighted to sign Reece on a loan deal until July.

‘’When Gary Boylan suffered his injury, it was important we brought in another full back to add quality and depth to our group.

‘’Reece is an attacking full back who comes to us with a lot of experience at League One level in England.

‘’I know from our conversations he is excited by the challenge ahead and we’re all looking forward to working with him’’.

Rovers take on Wexford at The Showgrounds on Friday evening at 6.30pm and Hutchinson could make his first appearance in from of the supporters in our fifth pre-season friendly.

Gates open at 5.45pm and supporters can pay on the gate on the night.

The defender is delighted to have joined the club today:

‘’I’m really excited to be here. As soon as I heard of an opportunity to come abroad and play in Ireland I wanted to get it done as soon as possible.

‘’I spoke with John and he has big ambitions for the club as well as me for the season ahead.

‘’I want to perform at a high level and this is the perfect platform for me to progress in my career.

‘’I hope to show the fans here what I am all about and bring plenty of success going forward’’.

Hutchinson will wear the number 4 shirt this season and joined his new team mates at training today ahead of two pre-season friendlies at the weekend.