Sligo move quickly to tie down key duo
Sligo Rovers celebrated staying up by finalising deals to keep Rhys McCabe and Kyle Callan-McFadden at The Showgrounds for 2018.
The Bit O'Red had thrashed out some deals provided they avoided the drop and made a quick announcement that centre-back Callan-McFadden and midfielder McCabe are on board.
Ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Dunfermline man McCabe was a target for champions Cork City, with the 25-year-old Scot impressing since his recruitment by Ger Lyttle in the summer window.
"He's got all you want as a midfielder and his talents are very clear," said Lyttle. "He gelled the squad together. He kept people motivated and he's really important for the future of this club.
"For me Kyle is one of the best centre-backs in the league. He's got everything, he puts his body on the line. He can play as well, he's got a turn of pace and attacks the ball really well.
"More important, what he has shown me is huge leadership qualities in this campaign. He grew in confidence and he became a man in a matter of months.
"It's important we can keep players like Rhys and Kyle and it's a standard for us. It's important we move quickly and don't stall. In the next week or two it's going to be all hands to the pump in terms of speaking to players."