Manager hails two new additions
Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle hailed his two new additions to his squad today as he prepares for a big push in the final matches of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.
Greg Moorhouse and Jamie McDonagh completed their moves to Rovers this afternoon to follow Omar Haughton last Friday.
The manager said he had to move quickly to get the two new signings over the line.
Lyttle said: "We've spoken about how much we've needed bodies and fresh faces in the squad and some quality as well. I think we've achieved that with the two lads. I know an awful lot about Greg from him playing up the north. I know what he's about and what he brings to us.
"We knew he was over with Coventry for a few weeks on trial. By all accounts they werre looking to sign him. He played in games over there and scored goals. He's actually left his boots and gear out there because he was only going back to Dublin to get more of his things and go back out. When it fell through where the two clubs couldnt agree terms, Coventry pulled the plug and I got wind of it.
"I spoke to Gary Hamilton who is a friend of mine and acted quickly. When I spoke with Greg he was down in Cork training as well. We got it done within two days so I was really pleased we could get it over the line."
For McDonagh, the winger was keen to return to Ireland and Lyttle saw it as opportunity to add a versatile option to his squad: "I spoke to the Morton manager Jim Duffy and he speaks very highly of Jamie.
"He had a little baby and the only reason he wanted to leave was to be close to home and his baby, otherwise he would have stayed in Scotland with Morton. He is a player that has come with a good pedigree.
"He was at Sheffield United as a kid and went to Morton. He played the full swason there as a starter there so he comes with a bit of know-how.
"Jamie is completely different to Omar. He can player right-wing, right-back or off the front man. He gives you options. He played right-wing for half the season for Morton and then their right-back got injured so they put him in there.
"He was full of energy up and down so he is a talented boy. We acted quickly to get him and he'll be good value to the squad."
The players will make their first Rovers appearances on Tuesday in the friendly with Ballinamallard in The Showgrounds. Kick-off is 7:30pm.