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Sunday 20 April 2014

Bond between players the key to success: says captain Ventre

CAPTAIN DANNY Ventre believes the unique bond between the players won Sligo Rovers the league.

"The group of lads are fantastic. You know we live in the same village. We go around to each other's houses and have dinner. That's the spirit we've got in our changing room. That's what we've got between us-that bond-and I think that's what won us the league this year to be honest," Ventre said.

Ventre says he will remember lifting the Airtricity League trophy for the rest of his life.

"Hopefully, it's not the last one and I'd love to go and do it again. I can't wait 35 years for another one," he said.

Ventre has spent five years at the Showgrounds and he admits that winning the title means a lot to him as one of the longserving members at the club.

"I've seen us go from just about surviving in the Premier League, fighting against relegation, to going and winning it. It's great for everyone to see where we have come from to where we are now," he said. The Rovers skipper felt disappointed that Shamrock Rovers had not formed a guard of honour for the new champions before Saturday night's game at the Showgrounds.

Ventre said: "I thought Shams were a bit wrong where they never clapped us out. I'm not asking for that, but I think we'd have clapped them out if they were winning the league. That's the spirit we have got in our changing room."

Like many in the Rovers squad, the Liverpudlian fears there is a danger of the panel of players breaking up as a number, including Ventre himself, are out of contract.

"I can't sign players. I'd love to be able to sign everyone myself. It's security players are looking for. If clubs like Sligo start offering two-year deals as to oppose to one that would sway it. I'm sure lads would dive at that.

"If they get offered a contract tomorrow which is decent enough, they would dive at that because lads don't want to go three months over the Christmas time with no money. They've got bills, mortgages, children, wives, girlfriends. They've got to support them," Ventre said.

Ventre signs on the dole this week and when asked if he would be at the Showgrounds next term he replied: "I hope so, yes. In an ideal world, yes."

"I've got my girlfriend here. She's got a good job. She's got her own business and she is doing well. As I say it's the football world, lads chop and change every year and all lads want is a bit of security to be able to stay for like three or four years. I've been here for five years, which is great. I've achieved a lot over five years. If I move on so be it, that's football," Ventre said.

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