Sligo Rovers have announced the addition of Finnish defender Teemu Penninkangas to their squad for the 2020 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign.

The 27-year-old joins the Bit O' Red having spent the entirety of his career in his native Finland where he won several trophies, including the league title and both domestic cups.

Penninkangas moves from FC Lahti, having also played for Inter Turku, Tampareen Ilves, SJK and Jazz.

He was involved in Champions League qualifiers with SJK after winning the league with the 12-year-old club for the first time in their history.

The 6'4" Penninkangas can play at left-back, left-wing back or centre-half. Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley welcomed his arrival to The Showgrounds.

"It’s a signing that is really going to fit in with how we play," he said.

"Teemu can play as a left-back or wing-back as well as in the middle of defence and I feel we are well-stocked in that area now.

Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley (left) and Teemu Penninkangas
Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley (left) and Teemu Penninkangas

"Teemu has done very well in Finland, he’s won several trophies and played in Europe. He wants to be successful here too.

"He’s tall, physical, he reads it well and he can also come up from the back and score goals which he has done consistently throughout his career.

"But first and foremost, I’ve signed him as a defender and someone who will bring even more character to the group.

"His record in Finland is excellent and this is something he should relish, coming into a new league."

Meanwhile Finn Harps have secured the services of Derry City midfielder Adrian Delap on loan.

Delap, 21, played 21 times for the Candystripes last year, scoring against Harps at Finn Park in a 3-2 Derry win last April. 

"I'm happy with the move," he said. "I think its a case of being the best of both worlds, as I can go out and get a few games. I know Ollie (Horgan) fairly well and I know what he’s about. It’s the same standard, the same league so that made sense too. Hopefully it goes well."