Sligo Rovers have announced the first two new signings for the 2017 season in Shaun Patton and Kyle Callan-McFadden.
Callan-McFadden is an Ireland under-21 international defender and signs subject to international clearance.
His career started with Norwich City and he comes to The Showgrounds from MLS club Orlando City.
Born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal he had a successful underage career with Norwich playing in the team that won the prestigious FA Youth Cup in 2012-13 over Chelsea and captaining the club’s under-21 team.
From there he made his way through to the first team with the Championship club and made his debut in a League Cup win over Crawley Town in August 2014. Last summer saw a move to the United States where he has played with Orlando City up until now.
The 21 year-old has over 30 Irish underage caps playing every age level from under-16 to under-21 and captaining his country several times.
Goalkeeper Shaun Patton has signed with The Bit O’Red from Derry City. He made his debut with Finn Harps in March 2012 aged just 16.
He made a further 10 appearances with the Donegal club before being signed by Derry City at the end of 2014.
Commenting on his newly acquired goalkeeper Shaun Patton, Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson commented, “This is a fantastic signing to get done. Goalkeeper is an important area to have secured. Shaun becomes our first new signing and we are excited that he is.
“I think he will be a great signing. Shaun is full of potential and I think he can have a great career here with this club.”
Patton is well known to Rovers assistant manager Declan McIntyre who he has worked with before so Robertson has learned plenty about the prospects of the young keeper.
“There is a great opportunity for him to come here and work with Micheal Schlingermann and Declan McIntyre, who he has worked with before. Declan knows him and he knows what he needs at this stage of his career in order to kick on. He will continue to get better working here.”
Speaking about the other new recruit, Kyle Callan-McFadden the Rovers manager says he has acquired a high quality defender in the Donegal man.
“Kyle is an excellent defender first and foremost, that is the reason why we have signed him.
“I have seen him play and he is a defender with tenacity, a willingness to defend and good ability on the ball. He is also a very strong leader.
“He signs here with a very good pedigree. He has a maturity beyond his years. He will add to the squad and its dynamics. As a defender he has good pace so he can defend against the quicker players but is also strong and proven against all types of forwards.”
Speaking about his plans to further strengthen his squad ahead of the new SSE Airtricty League season Robertson said, “I am hoping to sign another three altogether in the next couple of weeks.
“That will take us to 16 or 17 and then we will add another few final pieces in the January transfer window.”