Sligo Rovers have confirmed the signing of former Doncaster Rovers defender Shane Blaney ahead of the 2021 SSE Airtricity League season.
The 21-year-old Donegal native, who originally started his career at Finn Harps aged 17, moved to English League One side Doncaster in 2018 where he went on to captain the club's Under-23 side and featured in the EFL Trophy.
He left Doncaster last summer before being contacted by Sligo boss Liam Buckley.
"I'm delighted. This has been ongoing for the last few weeks. I’ve been speaking with Liam for that period and it seems like the perfect fit for me. It was a great experience at Doncaster," said Blaney.
"I never got the right time for it to fall to get a league debut. I was in the first-team training but it didn’t come. I need games now.
"I’m absolutely dying to get going. Liam actually made contact in July but I wanted to stay in England as I had a few things going on there. With Covid-19, teams weren’t taking on players on trial and six weeks ago I made the decision to come home. I had a few offers in Ireland and calls, but Liam was the first meeting and since that I knew I wanted to sign for Sligo.
"Anyone I ask about Sligo, every single person says what a good club it is and great fans. I’m very excited for it all.
"I’ve been preparing for a return to pre-season for months now to be honest. When it comes around I’ll be ready. I’m here to play, I have my own goals and I hope to be as successful as I can be. I’ll be trying as hard as I can for Liam and the club.
"I think my style is perfect for the manager. I love the ball to feet and that side of the game. It’s a good fit. Liam’s ambition matches my ambition, it could be something special here with the mix of young players and the older lads. I’m just really looking forward to it."
Describing Blaney as a "good addition" and with "attributes to be a good defender", Buckley added that Sligo are hopeful of making further signings soon.
"We are speaking with more players. There's a strong core group assembled and I hope we’ll be adding to that soon," he said.