Sligo Rovers have confirmed the signing of attacking player Romeo Parkes subject to international clearance.

The 28-year-old Jamaican international joins the Bit O' Red from Pittsburgh Riverhounds in America.

He has also had spells in the top flight in El Salvador where he helped Isidro Metapán to a league title, as well as playing in his home nation.

Parkes was in the Jamaica squad for the previous to last Copa America and scored for his country in a friendly with Cuba.

He is most known for receiving an indefinite ban by the United Soccer League and a global ban by FIFA for six months in 2016 for kicking an opponent in the back, garnering worldwide attention at the time. 

Parkes has since returned to the USL with Pittsburgh without incident and had scored five goals in six game prior to that ban. 

Sligo boss Liam Buckley said: "Romeo can play on the either wing or up front. He is technically very good and I have to say I’m quite excited about him.  

"He has over a decade in the game which is important and international experience. I think it’s a signing that could be really beneficial to us and a big attacking threat.

Romeo Parkes battling for possession with Uruguay's Diego Godin
Romeo Parkes battling for possession with Uruguay's Diego Godin

"He likes to take players on and make things happen with a goal in him. I know Romeo is thrilled with the opportunity to come over and play the game here.

"The deal was in theory done quite a while. He came across our radar and we feel he can be a good player in this league. We’ve secured a work permit this evening and it’s the first of what will be a number of signings.

"The Irish market is not like England or wherever else. It is a small pool of players and we’re still looking here, while working in a number of different markets to bring in other quality players.

"I have to stress patience, it’s isn’t going to happen straight away because as I’ve said before we are bringing in players to try to take the club to a higher level and not just for the sake of it.

"I’ve been at the club for a couple of months and I try to keep our transfer dealings very much low key until the deal is done. I can assure our fans that the committee, Dave Campbell and I are making progress. It takes time but we’re getting there.

"Romeo is going to be a player to bring something new to The Showgrounds and the league and we can’t wait for him to join us."