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Thursday 24 April 2014

"Our departing stars are not irreplaceable": Ian Baraclough

SLIGO ROVERS manager, Ian Baraclough, has said that Mark Quigley and Jason McGuinness, both of whom have joined Shamrock Rovers, are not irreplaceable.

Both played major roles in the Bit O'Red's 2012 historic League triumph but rejected new deals at the Showgrounds.

"We put very good offers to both players but they decided to return to Dublin to join Shamrock Rovers', said manager, Ian Baraclough.

"I don't think we could have done any more. They both said it was with heavy hearts that they moved on and that it wasn't easy for them to leave the club.

"But people move on. It happens at every football club. They are certainly not irreplaceable", he added.

Quigley scored ten goals for Rovers last term and was voted the PFAI Player of the Year. Centre-back, McGuinness, was nominated for the accolade after an outstanding year witht he Bit O'Red.

Rovers Chairman, Dr. Dermot Kelly, expressed confidence that Rovers would have a squad strong enough to compete for honours next year, despite the departure of McGuinness and Quigley.

"This is not the first time that we've lost senior players but each time we've responded positively and strengthened the squad", he said.

"We're as ambitious as ever and while the financial integrity of the club will never be put at risk, we're working hard to assemble a squad which will be up there competing for the major honours again in 2013", the Chairman added.

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