Sligo Rovers have swooped to sign striker Ronan Coughlan this morning from Cork City.
Coughlan is seeking regular first-team football with Rovers moving to add him to our ranks for 2019.
A versatile attacker, he shone for Bray Wanderers before moving to City last summer.
The Limerick-born player spend time with Huddersfield Town in England before returning home.
“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.
“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.
“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: “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 have had I can see that hunger in him.
Meanwhile the club can confirm that we will not be proceeding with the signature of Brendan Ogbu due to difficulties around obtaining an international clearance.
Coughlan will wear the number 7 shirt.