Rovers sign striker Matthew Stevens on loan

Sligo Rovers have secured the loan signing of English striker Matthew Stevens subject to international clearance.

The loan deal will bring Stevens from Sligo Rovers boss Dave Robertson’s former club Peterborough United to The bit o’Red until June 30.

Stevens becomes the first Rovers signing of the January transfer window and the fourth overall for the 2017 season. He joins goalkeeper Shaun Patton, defender Kyle Callan-McFadden and midfielder Chris Kenny as new additions.

Stevens, who turns 19 next month signed for Barnet in 2014 and became their youngest ever player in making his debut at the age of 16 years and 204 days in September of that year. He followed that up by becoming their youngest ever goalscorer three months later as he was part of squad which won promotion as Conference champions that season.

He played ten times in League Two in the following season before Peterborough signed the striker on a three-year contract in July 2016. He has played twice so far this season for the League One club.

Stevens played the opening half of Saturday’s friendly against Westport United in Westport – a game won 4-0 by the Bit O’ Red thanks to goals from Gary Boylan, Daniel Kearns, Raffaele Cretaro and Mark Hannon.