Sligo Rovers has confirmed that three Under-19 players have signed professional contracts with the club as John Mahon, Jack Keaney and Ed McGinty graduate to the senior team.
Rovers say that with the under-17 and under-19 teams enjoying remarkable success in national leagues and cups, and under-15 and under-13 teams shortly to come on stream, the development and nurturing of talent in the region has never been so well catered for.
John Mahon is a Collooney native, whose fledgling years were usefully spent in the Ballisodare United youth teams.
A commanding centre-back, John has just completed his Leaving Cert at Coola Post Primary School and has already won international representative honours for his country.
Ed McGinty, who turned 18 at the start of this month, is a Motherwell born goalkeeper, who began playing with Rovers Under-19 team in the 2016 season. His progress to a full time professional contract has been rapid but not surprising given his immense potential and pedigree.
He spent three years with the famous Celtic youth academy in his early teens and another with Hibernian before accepting an invitation to link up with Rovers last year.
Jack Keaney is an 18-year-old central midfield player who hails from Donegal Town
Jack has impressed in both the Under-17 and Under-19 grades for the club and has already had first team squad experience, as well as representing Ireland on four occasions at the Slovakia Cup earlier this year.
Awaiting his Leaving Cert results, Jack describes signing his first professional contract as “a massive step.”
All three players have been part of the senior squads already, with Keaney most recently featuring in the game with Dundalk last month.