Saturday 20 January 2018

Ndo: Bit O'Red must sort out deals or risk losing stars

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

JOSEPH NDO has warned FAI Cup finalists Sligo Rovers that they risk losing their star players if they don't move quickly on offering contracts for 2012.

The well travelled ex-Cameroon international -- who was yesterday named Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for September -- is unsure of his own future and believes that the Bit O'Red need to plan for the long term if they want to be a real force.

In the prevailing economic climate, the vast majority of League of Ireland players are on one-year deals. Ndo (35) feels that it breeds uncertainty.

"I don't really know what is going to happen next year," he said. "But I'm not the only one. It's difficult to say that we are going to build a big team if every year you can lose your best players. This is something the club needs to understand.

"Sometimes the club is just looking financially, how we are going to do this and that.

"But if you decide to build a big club, you have to plan in advance for two, three or four years.

"If you just sign a player year-to-year, you have the chance that that player can leave for free at the end of the season.

"The mind has to change, even for Sligo. What we achieve on the pitch we have to achieve off the pitch. You have to secure the players.

"With young players, after six months, they wonder where they will be next season and they can lose some focus on the pitch because they have to provide for his family or something like that.

"That is something that Sligo have to change if they want to be a big club."

Ndo hailed the contribution of his team-mates to his monthly award, and says that he is relishing another chance to line out at the Aviva Stadium against one of his former clubs, Shelbourne.

Sligo's cup joy has been tempered by disappointment at the collapse of their league challenge, but the playmaker is stressing the positives.

"We have made a big step from last year because we have more points now than we did then," he said. "We are building and improving."

Irish Independent

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