Sligo Rovers have added to their attacking options with the signing of Walter Figueira for the 2021 season.

The 25-year-old moves to the Bit O'Red from Derry City and previously played for Waterford FC.

He had played in Greece and Portugal, having been a product of Chelsea's academy.

Figueira scored four goals for Derry in the half-season of 2020 and also bagged five goals in 11 for Waterford previously in all competitions. 

Looking ahead to linking up with side that will have European football on their agenda this season, Figueira said: "I'm really looking forward to playing some exciting football here. The style of play here is very attractive and I feel like I can contribute a lot to the side.

"The manager reassured me he would take care of me with my family and give me the freedom to do what I do best on the pitch. I was very convinced by him and I trust the players we have in the squad. I’m looking forward to it.

"I found it very frustrating last year. The stop-start season and Covid-19 in Derry led to lots of isolating and that and it affected our fitness. It was difficult to get a good run of games. Hopefully I can find the consistency and showcase my ability in the league now." 

Sligo manager Liam Buckley added: "Walter is a player I have recognised going back to his youth days at Chelsea. We made our interest known quite a few months ago and I'm delighted he has signed today.

"His spells in Waterford and Derry have shown what a good technical player he is. Looking at his ability, I feel Walter can make an even greater impact and we've brought him here to do that.

"Being in a better team overall will bring more out of Walter and he will enjoy playing with the group we have here.

"He can play anywhere across the front four, that versatility is fantastic for us. We’ve got Romeo, Ryan De Vries, Jordan Gibson, Johnny Kenny, add in young Cillian Heaney and now Walter and between all of them we’ve got some fantastic options there."