IN A busy week of transfer activity, Sligo Rovers moved to tie down five key players from their League winning squad to new contracts.
Goalkeeper, Gary Rogers, midfielders, Joseph Ndo and Lee Lynch, and defenders, Alan Keane and Ross Gaynor, have all committed to the Bit O'Red for the 2013 season as the club steps up its efforts to replenish the squad.
And Chairman, Dr. Dermot Kelly, is confident further signings will be confirmed soon.
"We hope to have the build of our squad in place fairly quickly", he said.
"We're talking to a lot of players at the moment - some from last year's panel and some who are experienced League of Ireland players. And we're also working on contacts in England.
"We have a lot going or us in terms of attracting players to the club and we're happy with the way the jigsaw is coming together", said the Chairman.
Although Mark Quigley and Jason McGuinness have moved on to arch rivals, Shamrock Rovers, manager, Ian Baraclough, is pleased with the way the 2013 panel is taking shape.
"I'm very pleased with what we've done so far. It's important to get players signed up early and to have some continuity in the squad"
Rogers had an outstanding season with Rovers in his first year with the club, missing just one game in Rovers League-winning campaign. He was much sought after by other clubs but opted to extend his stay at the Showgrounds.
And Keane has signed on for a fifth year at the Showgrounds. One of the most consistent full-backs in the League, the Galwayman is seen as an integral part of Baraclough's plans for next season.
Ndo has been an integral part of Rovers success over the past three years and his signing sends out a strong statement of intent by the Bit O'Red.
Baraclough described Ndo as a'father figure' who is a wonderful influence on other players at the club. Gaynor joined the club from Dundalk before the start of the 2012 season and was converted from a midfelder to a left back with great success.
"It's fantastic that Ross has decided to continue his development with us and I think he will continue to improve", said Baraclough. The manager also expressed delight at securing the services of Lynch for a further season.
The Limerick-born midfielder joined the Bit O'Red from the Glen Hoddle academy last Winter and proved to be one of the most promising young players in the country as Rovers marched to their first League title in 35 years.
"Lee has the potential to become a crucial player for us next year and beyond", Baraclough maintained.