Premier Division league winners Dundalk have confirmed that veteran shot-stopper Gary Rogers has extended his stay at Oriel Park until the end of the 2020 campaign.
Rogers has made an incredible 203 appearances for the Lilywhites since signing from Sligo Rovers ahead of the 2015 season.
38-year-old Rogers has secured 28 clean sheets this term, in a record breaking year for the Lilywhites.
“It’s great to be staying. I am delighted to extend my contract. It’s good to know that going forward I will be here again next year. We have had a good season so far and we want to finish it strongly,” Rogers told his club’s media team after penning his new deal.
“There’s still a lot to play for with the FAI Cup final in a couple of weeks and then we have the Champions Cup against Linfield. We are aiming for more of the same.”
“I am enjoying my football at Dundalk. When you get to the tail end of your career there’s always that desire to get as much as you can out of it.
“The training and the culture which exists at the club is what has helped me have such a great time the last few years, if I am not in the best condition possible, I won’t play.
“That’s the standards at the club and I have been pretty happy with my form and I want to continue that. “
“I am enjoying it here and I want to continue for as long as I can. It’s not a chore to go to work and I feel very privileged in ways to go out and enjoy my job, I do something that I love for a living.
“That will always encourage me to continue, as long as I am performing on the pitch, I would be hopeful of being here and I am just glad to have it sorted.”
Dundalk Head Coach Vinny Perth added; “Gary has had a wonderful career so far and the fact that he is still going is testament to how professional he is on and off the pitch.
“He is the first person in to training every single day and his dedication has paid off in the last few years with his form. Over the past two seasons he has conceded just 35 goals and as a result I feel that Gary has been the best goalkeeper in the league.
“He is an outstanding professional and a person. He is a strong member of our group; he is a real leader in the dressing room by his actions.”