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Friday 25 April 2014

Haitian international Millien back in pack

Baraclough happy to have 'game changer'

SLIGO ROVERS continued their squad building process for the new season by agreeing a new contract with Haitian international winger, Pascal Millien.

Described by manager, Ian Baraclough, as a potential gamechanger, Millien becomes the latest member of the 2012 League winning squad to sign up for the Bit O'Red for the new campaign.

And Rovers hope to clarify the future of last season's captain, Danny Ventre, this week.

The club has offered the 26-year-old midfielder a new contract and expect a definite decision from him over the coming days.

The Liverpool born player, who has been an integral part of Rovers squad for the past six years, is understood to be considering a number of options but the Bit O'Red remain hopeful he will return to the Showgrounds.

The signing of Millien is seen as important step in Baraclough's plans for 2013. Although the club has lost the services of two key players, Jason McGuinness and Mark Quigley, they have managed to retain most of the League winning squad, including Gary Rogers, Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Jeff Henderson, Seamus Conneely, Ross Gaynor, Iarfhalaith Davoren, Lee Lynch, David Cawley, Joseph Ndo, Danny North and Raffaele Cretaro. And they have also signed winger, Aaron Greene, from Shamrock Rovers.

Millien made an important contribution in his first year with the club in 2012 and Baraclough believes he can be even more influential as Rovers bid to defend their title.

The winger has had a busy closeseason, helping Haiti to qualify for a major FIFA recognised international tournament, and Baraclough insists this will give him added confidence when he returns to Ireland for the new campaign.

The manager says the former Tampa Bay midfielder offers Rovers something different and has the potential to be a real gamechanger.

"Playing in recent internationals for Haiti will have given Pascal a great boost and I'm sure he'll return to us with a spring in his step", says Baraclough

"Pascal is something different to what is in our squad and in the league as a whole. He has potential to create something, to change a game and is a very useful option to us

"It will be a big benefit that he will be able to complete a full pre-season this year and now he has the experience of a year under his belt in the league and becoming a league champion"

The manager is happy that Millien's inclusion in the squad will offer plenty of competition for the wide roles in the team.

He says: "At the end of last season we did not have many options on either side. There is going to be a lot more competition this season for places on the wings and I think all the fellows will be fired up to make the positions their own come the start of the season."

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