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Saturday 19 April 2014

Quigley 'hungry for success' after confirming Rovers return

SHAMROCK ROVERS continued their recruitment drive over the weekend by signing PFAI Player of the Year Mark Quigley from champions Sligo Rovers.

The move had been flagged weeks ago, with the Hoops capitalising on the striker's desire to play his football in Dublin.

He had commuted during this season and also criticised Sligo for being slow to offer him a new contract. After a slow start to life with the Bit O'Red, Quigley sprung to life midway through the campaign and ended up converting the league-winning penalty kick.

Quigley lined out for the Hoops in 2005 after coming home from Millwall and has also spent time at St Pat's, Bohemians and Dundalk.

"It's unbelievable to be back at Shamrock Rovers," said the 27-year-old. "This is a massive club and I've come here to win the league.

"I think all the players that are here will be very hungry for success next season and that's the way I'm feeling too.

"It's hard for any player to leave the current champions and everyone at Sligo was great to me, but this is a new chapter now and I'm going to knuckle down and do well here."

Trevor Croly also completed the capture of Sean O'Connor from his former club St Patrick's Athletic. O'Connor was on the PFAI shortlist.

"I'm delighted to have signed, I think the club is going to be very competitive next year and I think it will be a good place to be," said O'Connor. "It was a hard decision to make as I had a good season with Pat's but when Trevor said he wanted to talk to me, I was interested to hear what he had to say and I knew I wanted to come back here. This is the only club I have won something with and I want to do that again."

Although the Tallaght club won't be in Europe next year, they have succeeded in weakening their rivals by making some impressive moves in the market.

Saints boss Liam Buckley has also lost James Chambers to Croly, while Ian Bermingham is on the way. Buckley is tracking Shelbourne pair Andy Boyle and Kevin Dawson.

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