Sunday 24 September 2017

Mcmillan a top target for Rovers

BOHEMIANS' TOWERING central defender, Evan McMillan, (pictured) is a top target for Airtricity League champions, Sligo Rovers.

After losing Jason McGuinness to Shamrock Rovers, the Bit O'Red need to strengthen their defensive options and 26 year ol McMillan is seen as the perfect solution.

McMillan began his career with UCD before moving to St. Pat's in 2011.

He spent the 2012 season with Bohs where he emerged as one of the top defenders in the country.

Like McGuinness, the versatile McMillan also has an eye goal, having played as a centre forward in the early part of his career.

If Rovers close the deal with the Dubliner, it will put another important part of the squad-building process in place.

But it will not be the end of the club's transfer activity as they pursue their ambition of defending the League title in 2013.

Rovers are understood to have a drawn up a specific list of targets within the League of Ireland while manager, Ian Baraclough, is in England pursuing a number of otpions through his own contact network.

Among the Irish players on Rovers' radar is promising young Dundalk striker, Mark Griffin, who is considered an ideal replacement for Mark Quigley, the 2012 Player of the Year, who has joined Shamrock Rovers for the 2013 season. Griffin had an outstanding season with the County Louth club last season, his MNS 'goal of the season' just one of many personal highlights during the course of the campaign. He fits the profile of the type of players Rovers like to cultivate and is seen in the same mould as players such as Eoin Doyle and Padraig Amond, both of whom developed their careers at the Showgrounds before moving to cross-channel football.

The Bit O'Red are also understood to be monitoring Aaron Greene's situation.

The twenty-two years old left-sided player won an FAI Cup medal with Rovers in 2010 before joining Shams last season. However, he failed to nail down a permanent place at Tallaght and a return to the Showgrounds is not beyond the bounds of possibility.

Another Shamrock Rovers player linked with a possible move to Sligo is striker, Gary O'Neill, who actually scored for Sporting Fingal against the Bit O'Red in the 2009 FAI Cup final.

Meanwhile, former Showgrounds favourite, John Russell, who was with St. Pat's last season, has also been the subject of speculation linking him with a move back to Sligo.