Sligo Rovers re­portt ffor pre­sea­son train­ing:

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SLIGO Rovers re­turned from their Christ­mas break last Thurs­day to get pre-sea­son un­der­way.

The squad cur­rently com­prises of the fol­low­ing: Ro­nan Mur­ray, Dante Leve­rock, Johnny Dun­leavy, Regan Donelon, Kyle Cal­lan-McFadden, Mitchell Beeney, Ed McGinty, John Ma­hon, Jack Keaney, David Caw­ley, Kris Twardek, Liam Ker­ri­gan, Niall Mo­ra­han and Luke MacNi­cholas.

Pa­trick McClean has re­turned to his home­town club Derry City, with his brother James, Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional, ru­moured to have forked out the fee on be­half of the Candys­tripes in or­der for him to re­turn.

It is still un­clear as to whether or not Rhys McCabe will be back at the club.

The Bit O’Red were ru­moured last week to be in­ter­ested in both Rory Pat­ter­son and John Her­ron.

Striker Pat­ter­son is well known to League of Ire­land fans hav­ing haunted many de­fences in the league dur­ing his spells with Derry City.

The 34-year-old is cur­rently on the books of North­ern Ir­ish Premier­ship cham­pi­ons Cru­saders.

For­mer Celtic mid­fielder Her­ron cur­rently plays for Glen­toran, and was forced to come off early dur­ing his side’s Ir­ish Cup de­feat to Cru­saders on Satur­day as a re­sult of a fa­cial in­jury.

Else­where, there is spec­u­la­tion in the United States that Rovers are in­ter­ested in Ja­maican striker Romeo Parkes.

Parkes was ply­ing his trade with Pitts­burgh River­hounds in 2016 when he gained in­ter­na­tional in­famy.

Parkes re­ceived an in­def­i­nite ban from FIFA and had his con­tract ter­mi­nated by Pitts­burgh af­ter he kicked an op­po­nent in the back, un­pro­voked, while he was walk­ing off the pitch.

In 2017, he re­turned to Pitts­burgh.

He was named in Ja­maica’s squad for the Copa América. Rovers boss Liam Buck­ley told the club web­site: “We’ve our pre-sea­son games lined up and will con­firm them shortly. We can’t for­mally an­nounce them just yet.

“We’ll be look­ing at pre-dom­i­nantly away matches with one on the main Show­grounds pitch. We hope to an­nounce five to six games soon with the ex­act de­tails.

“In terms of sign­ings, it’ll be a few more days be­fore we can an­nounce more ad­di­tions but good progress has been made and we’ve one or two more that are very close.

“I’ve been here just over two months, signed some what I think will be good play­ers and I could go sign more play­ers for the sake of it.

“That isn’t what we’re about. We want play­ers that will make an im­pact at Sligo Rovers and that come from good back­grounds to make a dif­fer­ence here.

“We’re look­ing at next week. There’s a lot of work go­ing on be­hind the scenes and it takes time and pa­tience to get things over the line.

“We’ll have the play­ers in tonight for a meet­ing ahead of be­ing on the pitch to­mor­row. The games will start in or around two weeks’ time.

“We’ve been go­ing about our busi­ness be­hind the scenes to get a good squad raring to go that first game of the sea­son and you’ll see the fruits of that over the next while.”

Mitchell Beeney makes a save.

Tub­ber­curry’s Liam Ker­ri­gan. Pics: Carl Bren­nan.

Ac­tion from pre-sea­son train­ing.

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