Ronan Coughlan is staying with Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers confirmed on Wednesday that Ronan Coughlan has signed a new contract with the club.

The striker, who turned 24 last week, has had an impressive season at The Showgrounds including scoring eight league goals and putting in a number of man of the match displays.

He spoke to Ocean FM Sport about his decision to sign a new deal.

Coughlan signed on the eve of the Premier Division season and had just one training session before his first start.

He struck up a dynamic partnership with Romeo Parkes as the duo contributed 19 league goals in total.

Coughlan’s performances saw him become a real favourite among Showgrounds fans and he has signed a deal for the 2020 season – the 11th player now tied down.

Rovers manager Liam Buckley said: Liam Buckley said: “We’re delighted to get Ronan signed up today. There was some interest from other clubs which didn’t come as a surprise after his performances this season.

“He came in late in the day, when you consider he didn’t do any pre-season here.

“Ronan’s contribution overall has been excellent, his work-rate is terrific and what we wanted to add to his game over the course of the season has been for him to get into areas to get more chances and as a result score more goals.

“He has certainly improved on that and we want more of it next season. He can get better and better and we have an entire pre-season to work on patterns of play among the group.

“Ronan knows how valued he is here and altogether it gives him a strong platform to take into next year and make a big, big impact in this league.

“We have a good core group signed so far and we will build a very competitive squad. We want to take the progress we’ve made into next season because this year has been about getting us to a level to kick on.

Sligo Rovers have two league games remaining: at home to Derry City on Saturday week (19th) and then away to Bohemians on October 25th.