Lyttle targets more 'hungry' players
Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle believes the signing of Adam Wixted will add another different option to his squad for 2018, and wants to sign more "hungry" players like the former Drogheda United winger to move to The Showgrounds.
Wixted became the third new signing for next season with a host of players already re-signed from last year including all three Player of the Year nominees, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Rhys McCabe and Seamus Sharkey.
Lyttle said: "Adam is a player that has impressed me any time I have seen him play. He is going to bring something we were lacking last year in terms of attacking options, especially in the wide areas.
"He can also play off the striker as a number 10. He is technically very good. He is a hungry boy.
"He wants full-time football and the environment in which we can offer, I think he'll excel and I think he'll be another good good signing."
It's the second new winger to join the club following Caolan McAleer signing from Finn Harps, while Greg Moorhouse finished the season strongly last year and can also occupy the position.
For Lyttle, attack is the area that requires most improvment from last year.
"We were defensively very sound last year. We probably lacked a bit of creativity and know-how in the final third. With Adam coming in and obviously Caolan McAleer, it gives us different options. They are different players to what we had.
"They give us pace, directness and put crosses in the box. Between the two of them, they had a few goals for their teams last year which we want them to add to. I'm excited that these players are with us. The profile of the players we are trying to target has hunger about them.
"They want to prove themselves. Caolan has been full-time before and had the opportunity of full-time football in Scotland.
"He came back with Finn Harps and to be fair to him he had a good season. He was one of their outstanding players. Adam has got Players' Player of the Year at Drogheda and he is exciting and wants to succeed."
There is still plenty of business to be done for the Rovers boss, including strikers, and Lyttle added that he is looking through all markets to find a player that has similar characteristics to the signings already made.
He said: "I'm happy, but I could be happier. I would like to bring one or two others in soon and make sure we have a squad. I said before it's very important in this league that you have a decent squad.
"It really helped us in the last part of the season when we were able to mix things up from the bench and bring on like for like. It was important we were in the position to do it. But this time we want that starting off the season. We'll keep looking for that player that will add something to us.
"We are looking continously in this league. We're looking in England, Scotland and again we're profiling the right player that will match what we have.
"We were able to bring in David Cawley who is experienced, knows the league, the club, won the league and on top of that is an excellent footballer.
"We'll look to bring in players that mirror that. The re-signings we have done have quality as well and we want to add to that. It bodes well for a good season ahead."
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