Sligo Rovers have moved quickly to secure the services of Greg Bolger after SSE Airtricty League champions Shamrock Rovers decided against offering the midfielder a new contract.

Bolger returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken leg in the Hoops' FAI Cup semi-final win over the Bit O'Red last month and made his final appearance for the Tallaght outfit in the Cup final loss to Dundalk on Sunday. 

The 32-year-old previously won league and cup honours with St Patrick’s Athletic and Cork City, playing under current Sligo boss Liam Buckley at the Inchicore club. 

"Liam has always been in contact with me," Bolger told the official Sligo Rovers website.

"I’ve worked with him before and it’s a chance to sign with a club like Sligo Rovers steeped in history, I’m delighted to get it done and looking forward to the season.

"My contract was up at Shamrock Rovers and I looked around and it is always my motivation to join a club with ambition and wanting to win. I still have the ambition to do well.

"I’m looking to help Liam, I know he’s got a vision and he wants to get good players in to the club with the good ones there already. It was a no-brainer for me.

"Looking at the squad, and talking to Liam with the players he is trying to get into the club, it was something that appealed to me. I’m still as hungry as ever and I’m going up to give the club and Liam the best I can give him."

Buckley said of his latest acquisition: "It’s an exciting signing for us. Greg has had massive success at many clubs and he’s hungry for more. I’ve worked with him, I know what he brings. He is a proper pro is the best way to describe him.

"I feel he will be a good influence in the dressing room, but first and foremost he’s a talented player who will add a lot to our group, I feel. That is why we’re bringing him here. He’s very keen to achieve more in the game and he is driven to do so.

"He’s recovered from the injury, similar to John Mahon actually, and he’s 100% again. When we see him pre-season, I think he’ll be itching to start playing.

"This is another important signing for us. We’re working very hard to try to add more players and hopefully that will happen this side of Christmas. We’re ahead of where we were this time last season. We’d like to get more done soon."