Friday 18 August 2017

Dundalk fight off league rivals once again to sign top goalkeeper Gary Rogers to a new deal

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers has signed a new contract after they fended off interest from Shamrock Rovers to keep hold of their first choice netminder.

The Meathman is staying on for a third year with Stephen Kenny's side but his immediate priority is next week's Europa League date with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

“It’s great to get it done, I'm delighted to continue my career with Dundalk. I wanted to stay so to get things sorted is great," said Rogers.

“It has been terrific at the club. The first year we won the double and then to retain the league title this season was brilliant. The European achievements have been great but we are hoping there is more to come.

“We aren’t finished yet. This year nearly every game we have played has been one of the biggest games of our careers! When you think of the first (Champions League) games against FH, then the BATE games and the Legia Warsaw matches.

"The (Europa League) group stage as well they have all been big matches but when you think of what is at stake next week – to go through to the last 32 of the Europa League it’s a fantastic opportunity.

“If we can grasp that it would be the biggest achievement of all our careers – it’d be incredible.”

Elsewhere, Derry City have re-signed winger Mark Timlin after a year at St Patrick's Athletic while Patrick Kavanagh has penned a new Bohemians contract and Finn Harps have tied down Ethan Boyle for another campaign.

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