Sligo Rovers have signed Jordan Gibson from St Patrick's Athletic, with the 22-year-old former Bradford City man crediting a glowing reference from Eoin Doyle for his move to the Showgrounds.

Gibson impressed in the Airtricity League Premier Division after moving to the Saints last July.

He played alongside Doyle - currently at Bolton and formerly a favourite with the Bit O'Red - when the two were at Bradford, and revealed a conversation between the pair convinced him to go north-west.

"I spoke with Eoin Doyle as I played with him at Bradford and he couldn't have spoken highly enough of the club," said Gibson.

"He said it was a great club and it would be a great move for me. The gaffer was very eager to sign me so I thought it would be a good opportunity. I’m excited to be playing against players in Europe.

"Eoin Doyle is a top man, I played with him a few times at Bradford. He is an all-round good person. He was the first person who came to mind when Sligo were interested as I knew he played with Sligo and in Ireland.

"I spoke to other people who played at the club and players under Liam Buckley and they all spoke very highly of him."

Buckley was delighted to get a player he's been watching closely for a while.

"Jordan did really well with St Pat’s," he said. "The staff and I were across every game last season on WATCHLOI and he was one which caught our eye.

"He’s a good age at 22, he’s quick, has a great attitude and can play across the front three. There is a lot more to come from him.

"Last season was the first time he had a run of games and in a full season we can see the best of Jordan Gibson.

"I think he’s a player the supporters here will appreciate and he’ll be an asset to us. We are trying to hand pick the players we want in the group and Jordan is one we feel will fit into how we want to play.

"I’m looking forward to bringing him here for the start of pre-season and the opportunity will be there for him to take."