With Luke McNicholas joining Finn Harps on a half-season loan, Sligo Rovers have moved to bring goalkeeper Richard Brush back to the club for a fourth time. 

Brush, who first joined Sligo 15 years ago, will no doubt be keen to push Ireland Under-21 international Ed McGinty for the No 1 jersey at The Showgrounds.

Birmingham-born Brush won an FAI Cup and then a league medal during his previous spells at the club and now returns after two-and-a-half years with Cliftonville.

Brush admits signing back in Sligo means a lot to him. 

"I really could not have predicted this from when I first signed all those years ago, never. To be honest even five years ago I didn't see this happening. I’m chuffed, that’s how it feels.

"I think, at this stage of my career, coming back to Sligo Rovers is just one thing I had to say yes to because of my history with the club. 

"At Cliftonville we had some big games, won the Shield and European games. It’s a fantastic club and I’ve grateful to everyone for the last couple of years."

Brush will begin pre-season on Thursday with his new team-mates, now as the veteran of the squad, and alongside some familiar faces such as David Cawley and John Russell. 

McNicholas signed a new two-year contract last week. He has been number two goalkeeper at The Showgrounds for the last 18 months.

The 21-year-old expressed a desire to play games this season, having been limited while Ed McGinty has been in the Rovers goal, and manager Liam Buckley and the club have agreed to the request.

McNicholas has been with the club for six years.

Buckley said: "Luke has pushed Ed for the number one jersey since Mitch Beeney left in mid-2019. Ed managed to get in there first and they've been competing for the last year and a half. They are two top-class goalkeepers.

"Luke came to us privately in the off-season about his desire to play games. He turned 21 this month and we understand his wishes. We didn’t want to lose Luke because we really rate him.  

"We’ve managed to bring in Richard and that will allow Luke to go out on loan to Finn Harps. It’s a good move for everyone.