Donegal’s Kyle Callan-McFadden and Shaun Patton have become Sligo Rovers first two signings for the 2017 season.
Callan-McFadden returns from the United States after a season with Orlando City in the MLS. The move is subject to international clearance for the former Republic of Ireland U-21 International.
The Ramelton man has over 30 international caps and has also captained his country at underage level.
Letterkenny’s Shaun Patton joins the Bit o’Red from Derry City.
The 21 year-old former Finn Harps player will provide competition for Micheal Schlingermann who is already signed.
Patton had been at the Brandywell since 2014.
Sligo Manager Dave Robertson told sligorovers.com he is delighted to make his first new signings of the off-season.
Speaking first on Shaun Patton: “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 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 is someone I think can come in and do really well straight away. He has vast experience from his years with Norwich City where he captained the youth team. He has spent the last couple of years in Orlando gaining more experience. He is from Donegal and will be returning to live here with his wife and child. He will come here ready to hit the ground running. I am looking forward to working with him”.
“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 tops of forwards”.