SLIGO ROVERS boss Ian Baraclough has hailed the arrival of new signing Evan McMillan and believes that the Dubliner will help the current League of Ireland champions enjoy even more success next season.
The former UCD man was in demand after a successful season with Bohemians last term when he finished up the Gypsies' leading scorer despite playing in central defence for most of the season - McMillan was also used as a striker, and that led to a trial at Pat Fenlon's Hibernians.
After returning to Ireland, McMillan attracted interest from a number of League of Ireland clubs but Sligo won the race, McMillan the second close-season signing for the club.
"I'm delighted he has joined us and it will be the next stage of his career. He will move down to Sligo like the rest of the squad and it is a big move. It is one we feel will be right for him," said boss Baraclough.
"Last season is gone. The club is determined to move things on now, from the players right through to everyone involved here and this signing is a step to it. We start our pre-season on Monday with a group that have the ability to go on and win honours once again.
"I'm very pleased to bring Evan to the football club. We have pursued Evan for two months, he is the type of player that we want to bring here. I think it is worth the wait. We had to be patient to bring in new players and we asked for people to be patient because you don't just bring them in for the sake of it.
"You want to improve the squad and secure the right players for Sligo Rovers. We've done that with Evan, I feel," he added.
"Evan has a lot of potential. At 26 he is young for a centre-half but still with plenty of League of Ireland experience.
"He could have stayed in Dublin having spoken to a lot of the clubs there but I think he sees that he can have a fantastic future here. It is not a bad record where he left St Patrick's Athletic and Bohemians regarded as an outstanding performer in their teams, and now his goal is to be that with Sligo Rovers."
Sligo fans were keen to see new signings come into the club as last year's league-winning squad has seen five departures, with key defender Jason McGuinness and striker Mark Quigley both leaving for Shamrock Rovers.
Until now, Baraclough had made just one major signing, with the return of Aaron Greene after a spell at Shamrock Rovers, but McMillan's arrival will boost Sligo's chances of retaining their title.