Sligo Rovers have announced that Paul O’Conor will join the club from Drogheda United for the 2014 season, while Raffaele Cretaro renews his deal with the Bit o’ Red.

O’Conor helped the Boynesiders reach the FAI Ford Cup final against Rovers, including scoring the opening goal of the decider for the Louth side while the Bit o’ Red went on to win the Cup. 

Cretaro has made 393 appearances for the club and extends his already legendary career with Rovers. 

Commenting on the new signings, manager Ian Baraclough said: “In Paul I feel we have signed out of the outstanding midfield players in the country.

He is accomplished on the ball, he scores goals and he can flourish in the horrible side of the game. You see his progression with Drogheda and I feel this is the right move for him now. He is the right age at 26. He has all the attributes to be a huge player for us in 2014. 

“With Raff, you look at a number of things. Consistency, passion, giving 100% to the cause. He is a hero to the Sligo Rovers fans and that is because of all of the above. He still has personal goals.

"There is a powerful drive to possibly make the most appearances in the history of the club. It tells you all you need to know. He is a player I’m delighted to have part of the squad, a character that you always want with you. This is the first of many additions we will be making in next period.

"There is a feel good factor in what we are doing following the Cup win and as the club launches season tickets for next season, I can promise you in 2014 our ambitions are as high as ever.”