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Cook sizes Sligo trialists up for signing

SLIGO ROVERS manager Paul Cook is running his eye over a number of foreign trialists ahead of the 2011 season, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

The FAI Cup holders have retained the majority of last season's squad with Gary McCabe (Shamrock Rovers) the only major departure, though Sligo did confirm over the weekend that long-serving keeper Richard Brush had been released after five seasons with the club while Conor O'Grady is poised to sign for Finn Harps.

Sligo took on Harps in a pre-season friendly on Saturday and Rovers boss Cook fielded an experimental side, using 23 players in all, in the 1-1 draw, including trialists from Germany, South Korea, France and the USA.

And German keeper Benjamin Gommert may have done enough to earn a contract.

"The goalkeeper situation is a bit of a worry but Benny came in and did smashing. He looked very assured. It's very difficult for anyone to make decisions on people in games like that and it is hard for trialists because they have five days and you have to make a decision," said Cook.

"We will be making decisions on the majority of them because what we do want is the squad to work together for the pre-season. It's not easy for them to come in and mix with lads in regards to a balanced team but we have to look at the trialists. It was pleasing in that aspect that some of those lads got a bit of game time.

"We'd like to think there are a couple more signings to come in. We hope to have one or two by Monday. We're continually trying to get stronger. We have a couple of places to fill. We're after certain positions."