Sligo Rovers chairman Tommy Higgins has paid tribute to club captain David Cawley following confirmation of a parting ways with the Bit O’ Red following the conclusion of the 2023 season.
Cawley has written his name in Rovers history after making over 300 appearances for the club over two spells.
He is in the top 10 all-time appearance holders for Rovers, recently moving into seventh spot.
He won a league title, FAI Cup and Setanta Cup and has been a talisman for the Bit O’ Red since rejoining in 2018.
The Rovers chairman said: “David has been a vital figure for the club since first wearing the shirt over 11 years ago.
“We have been honoured to have him represent Sligo Rovers for many reasons. While some will consider the trophies and medals he won at the club the highlights, David’s longevity and impact over such a lengthy period of time is what stands him out as one of our greatest ever servants.
“He quickly understood what our club is about since those early days in 2012. His standing among our supporters, particularly our young fans and families, speaks volumes about him as a person and role model. We are very grateful for the example he played off the pitch.
“On the pitch he was someone we could always call on to demonstrate what it means to play for Sligo Rovers and put in countless memorable performances, leading to some very special days. We were thrilled to grant David a deserved testimonial this year.
“While we part ways now we know he will be a big part of our club’s history and will be forever welcome in The Showgrounds. We wish him and his family a wonderful future in life and in football and thank him for his incredible service at the club.”