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Rogers commits to Sligo defence

Goalkeeper Gary Rogers will help Sligo Rovers defend their Premier Division title next season after agreeing a new contract.

GOALKEEPER GARY ROGERS has signed a new contract to stay at Premier Divison champions Sligo Rovers next season.

Rogers follows defender Alan Keane, who also agreed a one-year deal yesterday, as the Bit O’Red look to tie down the core of their title-winning side following the loss of Jason McGuinness to Shamrock Rovers.

And there was a further blow for the Bit O’Red this week with assistant manager Gerry Carr leaving the club after seven years with the coaching staff.

Rogers and Keane become the seventh and eight senior players to commit to the Showgrounds for 2013.

Danny North, Seamus Conneely, Ryan Connolly, Jeff Henderson, Gavin Peers and David Cawley will all return as manager Ian Baraclough bids to win back-to-back league titles for the first time in the club’s history.

Rogers said: “Rovers are a top club, I really enjoyed my time in Sligo last year and I’m very happy my future here is sorted.

Winning the league was fantastic, the club has made great strides and we want to continue that with more trophies in 2013.

I enjoy working with Ian Baraclough and being one of the more experienced players in the dressing room and the chance to continue that is something I’m very happy to take.

Carr, who is set to complete his Pro licence, leaves Sligo having won every available domestic honour with the club. He told that now is the time to move on to a new challenge.

“There are opportunities for me in the US that developed a while ago and in the last few days there has been other interest that is appealing but to be honest, I am not ruling out anything.

“Nobody knows what happens in the future. I want to broaden my horizons in whatever shape or form it comes.”

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