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Collins takes over at Derry as Sligo bolster squad

THE ROD Squad is back in business as Roddy Collins has been installed as the new manager at Derry City.

Less than 24 hours after his previous club, Athlone Town, confirmed that they had replaced Collins with ex-Drogheda boss Mick Cooke, It was revealed that Derry had brought in Collins to succeed Declan Devine.

Local reports indicate that Collins will be assisted by Derry legend Peter Hutton. Derry failed to land a trophy last season but they did qualify for the Europa League.

Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers have made another move on the transfer front with the capture of Danny Ledwith from Shamrock Rovers.

Paul O'Conor will get to play in Europe next season despite Drogheda United's defeat in the FAI Cup final, as the former Drogheda man has switched sides and joined Sligo.

Former UCD man O'Conor (inset) scored the opening goal of the Cup final, and he will now get to taste Europa League football with Rovers while Sligo were also boosted by the decision of Raff Cretaro to sign a new deal, just days after manager Ian Baraclough signed a contract extension.

"In Paul, I feel we have signed one of the outstanding midfield players in the country. He is accomplished on the ball, he scores goals and he can flourish in the horrible side of the game," said Baraclough.

"You see his progression with Drogheda and I feel this is the right move for him now.

"With Raff, you look at a number of things. Consistency, passion, giving 100 per cent to the cause."