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Sligo Rovers make two new signings

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Sligo Rovers can confirm a double signing with Ciaran Nugent and Craig Roddan joining for 2016 subject to international clearance.

Ciaran Nugent is a 24 year-old keeper from the U.S.A. while Craig Roddan is a midfielder who was formerly with Liverpool.

Nugent is from Dedham, Massachusetts and played college football for four years with Lehigh Mountain Hawks. There he played 52 times in his four years with 17 clean sheets kept.

After leaving he signed for Harrisburg City Islanders for the 2015 season in the United Soccer League.

He signs after impressing while at trial at The Showgrounds during the first week of pre-season training.

Roddan is from Merseyside and began his youth career with Wigan Athletic.

At the age of 14 he was by Liverpool where he was part of the club’s academy for seven years.

In November 2013 he went to League One Carlisle United for a one month spell making his debut against Tranmere Rovers.

Following that he immediately was signed on loan by Accrington Stanley however an injury in training cut short the loan spell and his season.

He was signed permanently by Accrington later that year and played for the first time in an FA Cup game against Notts County.

Roddan has since been with Witton Albion and has also performed well since coming on trial last week.

Dave Robertson is very excited at adding two more players to his squad today as he gets nearer to completing his team for the new season.

Trialists Ciaran Nugent and Craig Roddan have impressed Robertson since arriving this week and they have now signed contracts for the 2016 season.

Nugent is a keeper from U.S.A. and has performed to a high level during pre-season so far: “Ciaran is a player who was highlighted to our assistant manager Declan McIntyre through his contacts in the states. He has shown unbelievable commitment and dedication in coming over here for the trial. He has really impressed us ever since day one and he has continued to grow and develop. Ciaran did really well in training and in the internal games we have had at training.”

Nugent will provide competition for keeper Micheal Schlingermann who was an early signing in December: “He is a great shot-stopper and has excellent distribution. He will provide good competition for places with Micheal Schlingermann. He definitely isn’t just coming in as a back-up. We want to create a competitive environment here where everybody is competing for places and the players are aware that they need to maintain their high levels to stay in the team.

“With the two keepers we have here now if there is any injury or suspension I would be more than happy to stick Ciaran in. He will be an excellent signing for us.”

Nugent is joined by a midfielder in Craig Roddan who has had spent time with Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Carlisle United and Accrington Stanley: “Craig is a passing midfielder with an excellent range. He has excellent quality in possession and a great first touch. He’s very comfortable with the ball and will look to get on it. He will be a playmaker for us.  But he also has an edge to his game and can break things up. He has the tenacity to put his foot in.

“He got a great education from spending 12 years at Liverpool coming through their system from a young age right up to the under-21s. It shows the calibre he has and he has matured as a player since then. He is definitely ready to make a good impact here.”

Injuries have held the Liverpudlian back in his career but Robertson says he is now is great shape as he prepares for the new season in March: “Pre-season is helping him with his fitness and he will be well prepared for the start of the season for what will be an exciting game to start the season against Shamrock Rovers.”

New signing Craig Roddan is hoping that his passing style will be a perfect fit with that of his new manager Dave Robertson.

Roddan spent his youth with the renowned Liverpool academy spenind several years there and adopting their passing game approach to football.

He arrived for the beginning of pre-season last Monday and has caught the eye of Robertson to earn himself a contract for the season: “My first impressions have been really good. The facilities are great as are the coaching staff, they all have really good experience. The lads are knitting together nicely in training. I’ve really enjoyed the week here so far.

“Dave’s style of football I think really suits my game. My game is all about getting the ball down and playing. I can do the dirty side of things as well, every team needs that if you want to be successful but my style is getting the ball to feet and playing out from the back and passing.”

The move came about through Robertson’s contacts in Liverpool who put him in touch with the young midfielder: “After leaving Accrington I was back in Liverpool training for a while and it was one of them who first mentioned Sligo rovers to me. They put me in touch with Dave it came about from there.”

There’s just a few more days of training to go before Roddan and his team-mates will have their first pre-season game when Rovers go to face Charlestown Athletic this Saturday at 2pm, it’s a day the team are looking forward to: “I am just looking forward to getting on the pitch to get some game time. There is only so much you can do on the training pitch, you need to be playing games to learn more. Everyone in the squad is really looking forward to playing on Saturday and I can’t wait to get started.”

New signing Craig Roddan is hoping that his passing style will be a perfect fit with that of his new manager Dave Robertson.

Roddan spent his youth with the renowned Liverpool academy spenind several years there and adopting their passing game approach to football.

He arrived for the beginning of pre-season last Monday and has caught the eye of Robertson to earn himself a contract for the season: “My first impressions have been really good. The facilities are great as are the coaching staff, they all have really good experience. The lads are knitting together nicely in training. I’ve really enjoyed the week here so far.

“Dave’s style of football I think really suits my game. My game is all about getting the ball down and playing. I can do the dirty side of things as well, every team needs that if you want to be successful but my style is getting the ball to feet and playing out from the back and passing.”

The move came about through Robertson’s contacts in Liverpool who put him in touch with the young midfielder: “After leaving Accrington I was back in Liverpool training for a while and it was one of them who first mentioned Sligo rovers to me. They put me in touch with Dave it came about from there.”

There’s just a few more days of training to go before Roddan and his team-mates will have their first pre-season game when Rovers go to face Charlestown Athletic this Saturday at 2pm, it’s a day the team are looking forward to: “I am just looking forward to getting on the pitch to get some game time. There is only so much you can do on the training pitch, you need to be playing games to learn more. Everyone in the squad is really looking forward to playing on Saturday and I can’t wait to get started.”

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