Vinny Faherty moves to The Showgrounds
Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of experienced goal-scoring striker Vinny Faherty for the remainder of the season.
The 30-year-old has been signed from his hometown club Galway United.
Faherty, a prolific scorer who has notched over 60 career goals, is confident he can make a big impact at The Showgrounds.
"I'm hoping it will be a win/win situation for both parties. I'm hungry to get back to goal scoring form and goals are what are needed to get Rovers out of trouble. I'm confident it will work out well for both of us.
"I thought the team played really well on both occasions I’ve seen them, and I noted that Daniel Kearns has a knack of getting in some great crosses, which I would love to be on the end of. With that type of service I have no doubt I can get among the goals."
Faherty had three separate spells with Galway, two more with St Patrick’s Athletic, as well as single seasons with Dundalk and Limerick. He has also plied his trade in professional football in Australia.
"With Galway and Limerick I experienced fairly tense relegation battles so I know all about that sort of pressure. I believe Sligo are strong enough to survive, and hopefully my experience and goals will help to bear that out. I'm rearing to go," Faherty said.
Ironically, the signing of the Galwayman is a case of Rovers finally getting their man 10 years after initially trying to attract him to the Showgrounds.
Paul Cook wanted to take Faherty on board in 2007 after he had impressed on trials with Ipswich, but the lure of his hometown club proved too strong.
"I had just come back from an extended trial at Ipswich, during which I had scored three goals, and there was the possibility of going there permanently. Then Paul Cook came in with an offer and while I was considering what to do, Galway came in and it being my home club it was just too good an opportunity to turn down, and so began my League of Ireland career," he explains.
Manager Gerard Lyttle said: "It's important we have a big squad here. I always like to have three strikes. It's good competition. It will give some comeptiton for Raffaele Cretaro as well.
"We've been flogging him too much in my opinion. He shouldn't be playing 90 minutes after 90 minutes. It's not fair on him.
"He adds experience and quality. Vinny is a great player and a great lad. He will have a wee point to prove as well because he hasn't been used as much as what he'd hope with Galway. Hopefully he has come here with a bit of fire and bite.
"I spoke about the experience and the lack of it in the squad. He adds to it because he know the league inside out. He is great in the box and around the box.
"His link-up play and hold-up play is excellent, it's as good as any in the league. I'm really excited about Vinny coming in. For me it's a great addition to the squad."