Ronan Coughlan extends Sligo stay until the end of the 2020 campaign

Fri, Oct 11 2019

Sligo Rovers have confirmed that striker Ronan Coughlan has extended his stay at the Showgrounds until the end of the 2020 campaign.

The former Cork City forward joined the Bit O’Red earlier this year, striking up a strong scoring relationship with Romeo Parkes who has been ruled out until the end of the season with a long-term injury.

Coughlan has scored eight league goals for the North-West side this year, an asset that manager Liam Buckley is pleased to retain the services of.

“We’re delighted to get Ronan signed up,” the former St Patrick’s Athletic boos told his club’s media team.

“There was some interest from other clubs which didn’t come as a surprise after his performances this season. 

“He came in late in the day, when you consider he didn’t do any pre-season here.

“Ronan’s contribution overall has been excellent, his work-rate is terrific and what we wanted to add to his game over the course of the season has been for him to get into areas to get more chances and as a result score more goals.

“He has certainly improved on that and we want more of it next season. He can get better and better.

“Ronan knows how valued he is here and altogether it gives him a strong platform to take into next year and make a big, big impact in this league.

“We have a good core group signed so far and we will build a very competitive squad. We want to take the progress we’ve made into next season because this year has been about getting us to a level to kick on.

“I want as many supporters as we can to row in behind us because the more people, we have on board with us, the easier it makes it for the club behind the scenes and getting the players we want over these coming weeks. The board and the CEO are doing great work from that end. 

“We are going to continue our work on that, and we have two more games to try to finish this year in the right manner. I expect the players to do that. 

“But we are also moving our focus towards 2020 as well. There’s a great opportunity for any player that comes here or that we re-sign.

“We’ve got a group of players here that are developing a mentality that gives you a chance of achieving something.”