Following his departure from Cork City yesterday striker Ronan Coughlan has reversed a regular trend by heading North to join Sligo Rovers.
Over the years many players have left the Showgrounds to ply their grade in Turners Cross, including the likes of Kieran Sadlier, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling and Jimmy Keohane.
Despite rumoured interest from Derry City, Bitored boss Liam Buckley has swooped to add some much-needed fire power to his squad.
The Limerick-born striker spent time with Huddersfield Town in England before returning home to first join Bray Wanderers before his short stint in Cork. Meanwhile Sligo also confirmed that they will not be proceeding with the signature of Nigerian striker Brendan Ogbu due to difficulties around obtaining international clearance. It’s also been confirmed by the club that Coughlan will wear the number 7 shirt this season.
Coughlan says the reason for leaving Cork was to get some playing time, something he found difficult at City, “It’s all about playing games as far as I’m concerned. I spoke with John Caulfield during pre-season and as far as I was concerned my priority was playing every week. There are no guarantees at any club, and obviously Cork were signing more players. I just want to play and know that when I’m playing regularly I’ll find my best form.”
Just like to say thanks to @CorkCityFC – the fans, players, coaching staff & all the people who work in the club for everything for the last 6 months. Inevitably my decision to leave was based purely on wanting to play week in week out. Thanks for all the messages 💚
— Ronan Coughlan (@Ronancoughlan10) February 14, 2019
“I met Liam Buckley during the week. We had a long, long meeting. I was really taken by it and it convinced me sign. I was playing out wide with Bray Wanderers and eventually got moved into central striker and scored goals. The move to Cork saw me play a few different positions. I’m coming here to get in the team and show the best of me.”
Coughlan knows it won’t be easy but he’s determined to be a success at the Showgrounds saying, “I don’t know too many of the lads apart from Johnny Dunleavy. I’ll train today and as far as I’m concerned I’m ready. I don’t expect to just become a regular here. I’ve got players to compete with but I’ll make no secret of my target which is coming here to score goals.”
Liam Buckley is excited to work with his new striker saying, “Ronan’s availability was something that really interested us and a few others. I spoke to him about the potential to do well here and how I think he can figure in how he play and so forth.”
“While he might need time to settle into the squad, he has completed an entire pre-season in Cork, so there is no concern there.
“From the conversations we’ve had I can see that hunger in him.”
Sligo kick-off the new season with a difficult away trip to face Dundalk at Oriel Park tomorrow night.
Picture Credits: Sligo Rovers FC