Shamrock Rovers F.C. can confirm a number of key players have re-signed and will be part of the Hoops 2019 squad.
The following players have re-signed for 2019:
In addition to the above, new contracts were agreed with Sean Kavanagh, Aaron Bolger and Brandon Kavanagh over the course of the 2018 season.
We will have quotes from all the players that have re-signed over the course of the next week.
We start the updates with the thoughts of Head Coach Stephen Bradley on re-signing midfielder Greg Bolger and forward Dan Carr.
We also have some words from the two players themselves.
Stephen Bradley said:
“I’m delighted Greg has decided to sign back. He had a few offers from other clubs in the league and I’m delighted that he sees his football at Shamrock Rovers next year. He’s been a big player for us this season, part of the reason we’ve been so strong defensively and kept so many clean sheets.
He’s a leader, you see that by how he plays and how he organises. When he’s at it, there’s no one better in his position in the league. The second half of the season was really strong from him and we’re hoping now that he continues that next year and drives us on.”
“We’re delighted to have Dan back. We’ve been talking privately for a long time. Players want to weigh up their options and he had a lot of interest from the league and other offers on the table, so were delighted when he saw his future here and committed to us. His feet are really good in tight areas which allows him to create chances. He has a bit of everything. He’s quick, he’s strong and he’s shown this year that he can score goals. He had a good year but I believe he can get better. He’s scored some good goals, a decent amount but he can score a lot more goals than he did.
Hopefully he can help us push on next year. The good thing about Dan is that he can play in a number of positions really well. He’s not an out and out front man but he can play up front or either side so he gives us great options in the attacking third and that’s one of the reasons we were so keen on keeping him. He can become fitter and stronger and a better all-round footballer with us next year.”
Greg Bolger said:
“I’m delighted to sign on for another year. At the start of the season I had an option for a second year and I’m just glad that I’ve signed again so that we can push on as a team and as a group. Me, Ronan Finn and Dylan Watts have clicked well and there’s a good balance between the three of us, even though we’re three different players. When we played together in midfield we took nearly full points from the last series of games bar the last one of the season. I think going forward next year it’s important that we have that continuity again to give us a chance to do better than last year.
On a personal level, I want to win something next year and I’m sure the group is the exact same. Whether it be the league or the cup. This team is too good not to win something, it deserves to be up there challenging or there or thereabouts. Our aim is just to better ourselves from last year. If a few results go our way that didn’t last season, certain games that we all know about, if we put them right and hit the ground running, we have every chance.”
Dan Carr said:
“I’m really happy to sign back. It’s going to be an enjoyable year and hopefully we can kick on. I think I had a good season last year and everyone at the club was good to me. The gaffer spoke to me and luckily we were able to do a deal. Last year was my first in Ireland so this time I think I’ll know the league a bit better, and my experience here and from other leagues will help me. I want to score as many goals as I can. I have my own individual targets so hopefully I can match them next year. Yes, expect more back flips!”
The club also confirms the departure of Luke Byrne, David McAllister, Gary Shaw and Ally Gilchrist. We wish all four players well and thank them for their contribution to Shamrock Rovers in their time at the club.