Premier Division Sligo Rovers have confirmed that captain Kyle Callan-McFadden has re-signed for the Bit O’Red ahead of the 2020 campaign.
The 24-year-old has impressed Sligo this term, featuring at right-back, midfield but mainly in the heart of the central defence.
Having just extended his stay at the Showgrounds, Callan-McFadden told his club’s media team; “Liam (Buckley) has been a breath of fresh air and (John Russell) ‘Russ’ too. I think the respect we have for Liam has been evident in the effort and application all year.
“You can see why he has won things with clubs and how determined he is to do it here. It’s been good to not battle against relegation because the last couple of years have been a dogfight.
“I don’t think that’ll be good enough next year. We’re trying to achieve something and losing the Cup semi-final was hard to take. It has to drive us on next year.
“I love it here; you see what is going on around the club in terms of the fundraising and the passion around the place. There’s a massive desire to move up a level in terms of the league. We can talk about it now, but we’ve got to be ready from the first kick of a ball next season.”
Manager Buckley added; “Kyle is a really solid defender who tackles really well, he’s strong in the air and he’s a good leader.
“We’ve got some proper defenders here. He has shown form recently that demands he is in the team. That’s what I want from every player going forward.
“I want all of the players to understand how we are going to develop our style of play here. I hope that he and all of the lads get even better next year in relation to how we are trying to play.
“We want to link the ball in and have a passing style and that starts from the back. There is buckets of ability in the group to become that passing team.
“We still have some business to do and there will be one or two new faces coming in. I’d sooner we have a smaller squad and get the best possible quality.
“We don’t want big numbers for the sake of it. It’ll be a tight squad, but every player will be contributing massively.”