Sup­port­ing the Boys in Green

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SLIGO Rovers an­nounced that Sea­mus Sharkey has re-signed for the 2018 sea­son as Ger­ard Lyt­tle con­tin­ues to build his squad for the new cam­paign.

Sharkey joined the club in May as a free agent af­ter over­com­ing long-term in­jury and ended up a key player in the #bitored de­fence, play­ing 18 games that in­cluded seven clean sheets as Rovers stayed in the Premier Divi­sion.

He formed a part­ner­ship with Kyle Cal­lan-McFad­den that was telling in the strong run of form in the fi­nal se­ries of matches.

Sharkey said: “It was a bless­ing re­ally be­cause my ca­reer looked to be in jeop­ardy. I came over for two weeks, did well and ended up be­ing nom­i­nated for Player of the Year.

“When Ger came in, train­ing was hard. It was dou­ble ses­sions for the squad, he saw some­thing he ob­vi­ously didn’t like and wanted us to work hard. I got in the team for the fi­nal set of games af­ter be­ing in and out a bit. The run we went on was bril­liant.

“Sligo is a great club to al­low you to to­tally fo­cus on your foot­ball. Every­thing is geared to­wards what you do in train­ing and it’s a very re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment too. The group are the nicest I’ve been with. We’re close and the spirit is there ev­ery day be­fore we train.

“When we get out there it’s all busi­ness and if we could re­peat the form we showed in the last se­ries of matches then ob­vi­ously it’ll be a much dif­fer­ent sea­son.

“I’m al­ready itch­ing to get back, I want the full pre-sea­son as ob­vi­ously I came in and just went straight into squad. The fans re­ally got be­hind us and it was un­be­liev­able re­ally. The back­room here is very sup­port­ive too.

“I’m re­ally happy to know where my fu­ture is and to get that done as soon as pos­si­ble. You see the likes of Rhys signed up who as Ger says gelled us to­gether and Craig Rod­dan who re­ally proved some­thing to peo­ple. It has been two weeks off and I’m al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year.”

Ger­ard Lyt­tle said of Sharkey re-sign­ing: “Sea­mus came into his own. We gave him an op­por­tu­nity and the mes­sage was ba­si­cally ‘go prove your­self’. He did that in a tremen­dous fash­ion. If you look at his stats, some of them are re­mark­able.

“He earned this deal and I want to see him go on to be even bet­ter. When I came in, there was a lot the play­ers had to work on in terms of fit­ness and sharp­ness.

“Sea­mus was com­ing in hav­ing not played in the league in a while. We gave him that op­por­tu­nity and I love to see play­ers prove them­selves like he did.

“Again, with that full pre-sea­son, there are im­prove­ments that can be made.

“I want play­ers with good dis­ci­pline, lead­er­ship and hun­gry to achieve more and Sea­mus fits that bill again. He’s a great lad and he re­ally likes be­ing with us. We have the spine com­ing to­gether. We want play­ers to fit in to what we are try­ing to build here. I think the vi­sion we give them is a good one.” ALL roads lead to the Aviva Sta­dium for tonight’s cru­cial World Cup Qual­i­fier sec­ond-leg play-off with Den­mark.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land North­west Sup­port­ers Club have bus seats only avail­able to the sec­ond leg game.

This in a very im­por­tant game for Ire­land in the coun­try’s quest for in­clu­sion in the World Cup 2018 in Rus­sia.

The bus de­parts Quay St carpark be­side the City ho­tel in Sligo at 2pm sharp and on to Col­loney at 2.20pm and Car­rick-on-Shan­non at 2.45 pm.

The club has no match tick­ets avail­able for this game.

The club bus ar­rives at the Aviva sta­dium at 5pm ap­prox­i­mately. There is a pre-match func­tion which is or­gan­ised by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Repub­lic of Ire­land Soc­cer sup­port­ers Clubs to which the North­west club is af­fil­i­ated to.

At this event there is mu­sic by Catalpa with bev­er­ages and food served. En­try to this event is with a wrist band sup­plied by the club to peo­ple trav­el­ing on the bus.

The club is open to new mem­bers and you do not have to be a club mem­ber to travel on the bus to the games in­volv­ing the Repub­lic of Ire­land team.

Fur­ther de­tails may be had from any club mem­ber of Alan at 086 168 3351 or Padraic at 089 406 8845. To­gether we are stronger and the voice from the North­west is get­ting stronger in the Aviva Sta­dium and at away games too.

Sea­mus Sharkey has re-signed for the 2018 sea­son.

James McClean, in ac­tion for the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

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