There was no busier club on League of Ireland Transfer Deadline Day than Sligo Rovers as they announced three new signings at the Showgrounds.
They started off the day with the signing of 23 year-old striker Greg Moorhouse from Irish League side Glenavon until the end of the season. He’s already scored 10 times for Glenavon this season so is bang in form.
He recently returned from a trial spell at Coventry City and was in demand following his return to Ireland, but the Bit o’ Red have won the race for his signature after agreeing a deal with his club.
Moorhouse said: “I’m really excited. Hopefully we can start pushing up the table. That’s why I’m here.”
“It was a good season with Glenavon last year. I started off well. I had a little injury as I fractured my metertasal. I came back straight into the team and scored a lot of goals.”
“The season didn’t end too well as we missed out on Europe but I still consider it a good season looking back on it all.”
“Hopefully I can come in and score some goals. I had a look at it, I was here on Saturday night for the Dundalk game. The signs were good. The result was deserved. There is a lot of fresh faces coming in and we can pull together and get some results.”
Next up was 21 year-old winger Jamie McDonagh who signed from Scott’s club Greenock Morton.
McDonagh said: “It’s been talked about for the last few weeks. I’ve been trying to keep myself fit and my agent has been talking to a few clubs. He spoke to the gaffer here and he came watch me play a game. He asked me to come down to The Showgrounds and once I came down he seemed to be impressed with me. The gaffer then asked me to sign and I’m happy to be here.”
“I was with Morton last season and I’d say I had a really good season. I played 38 games I think. I missed home and I was living away from my baby so I thought it was best to move back home and try to get a team in Ireland or in Northern Ireland. I’m happy to be here and I think it’ll be best for my career.”
“It’s a big club with a nice ground here. Everything has been great so far. I can’t wait to get started.”
“I can’t wait to see what the atmosphere is like at the stadium and be playing with all of the lads here. Hopefully I get some game time and put in a good performance. I want to help us get out of this relegation battle. I’m going to try my best for the club. I know the gaffer will be pushing us on in every game and giving us that extra motivation to keep us up.”
And finally the club announced the signing that bigored fans had been waiting all week for, the arrival of striker Vinny Faherty from Galway United.
The 30-year-old signed from his hometown club Galway United.
Faherty, a prolific scorer who has notched over 60 career goals, is confident he can make a big impact at The Showgrounds.
“I’m hoping it will be a win/win situation for both parties. I’m hungry to get back to goal scoring form and goals are what are needed to get Rovers out of trouble. I’m confident it will work out well for both of us.”
“I thought the team played really well on both occasions I’ve seen them, and I noted that Daniel Kearns has a knack of getting in some great crosses, which I would love to be on the end of. With that type of service I have no doubt I can get among the goals.”
Faherty had three separate spells with Galway, two more with St Patrick’s Athletic, as well as single seasons with Dundalk and Limerick. He has also plied his trade in professional football in Australia.
“With Galway and Limerick I experienced fairly tense relegation battles so I know all about that sort of pressure. I believe Sligo are strong enough to survive, and hopefully my experience and goals will help to bear that out. I’m rearing to go,” Faherty said.