Tuesday 16 January 2018

League glory main aim for North after penning new Sligo deal

Danny North
Danny North
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

FAI Cup final supersub Danny North is targeting further league success next year after signing a new contract with Sligo Rovers.

The English front man ended an injury interrupted season on a high by coming off the bench to score twice in the dramatic Aviva Stadium win over Drogheda United, a victory which saved the season for the Bit O'Red.

They lost their league crown to North's former club St Patrick's Athletic and the player is desperate to bring it back to The Showgrounds.

"For a team like Sligo Rovers, it has to be the intention to try to win the league," he said.

"The FAI Cup final was a great way to finish off the year. All of the players felt that it wouldn't have been a successful season if we didn't win the Cup.

"The manner in which we did it was unbelievable. I think it will help us going into next year. It is a fresh start as well with some new faces in the squad."

RECOVERING

North has scored 24 goals in 46 outings for Rovers and is looking forward to pre-season after spending the build-up to last term recovering from a serious knee injury that kept him out for almost a year.

"I have scored goals since I came here," he said. "There are good players around me who create chances and it's up to me, or whoever is up front, to put them away.

"With a good pre-season under my belt, I hope I can hit the ground running from the start like I did in 2012.

"I missed the guts of a year because of injury, so I'm really looking forward to next season.

"I'm buzzing to stay, I have enjoyed my time here and I can't wait for that first game next season already."

Manager Ian Baraclough is not finished talking to members of this year's squad, with negotiations ongoing as regards the futures of midfielders David Cawley and Kieran Djilali.

Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers have completed the signing of ex-Shelbourne youngster Rob Cornwall.

The Hoops also confirmed that defender Pat Sullivan – who scored a famous goal in Belgrade on the way to Europa League qualification in 2011 – has been released. He follows Derek Foran out the exit door.

Irish Independent

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