Between the Stripes daily transfer update 16/11/17
After a disastrous off-season this time last year Sligo Rovers manager Ger Lyttle seems intent on avoiding falling into a similar trap door that his predecessor Dave Roberston was victim to. Englishman Roberston was heavily criticsed for his weak transfer strategy which lead to a woeful start to the 2017 season. Lyttle, who steered the "Bit O'Red" to safety on the final day of last season has already gained plaudits for his close-season additions to date. Fresh off the back of Caolan McAleer's arrival at the Showgrounds from local rivals Finn Harps yesterday, Lyttle has today swooped to capture former Sligo Rovers man David Cawley from nearby Galway United.
The Mayo native is certainty a well known figure among Sligo fans having captured the Premier Division title with the club in 2012, while Cawley also lifted the FAI cup and Setanta Sports cup in 2013 & 2014 respectively. Making 151 appearances between 2012 and 2015, Cawley moved to St.Patrick's Athletic from Sligo and despite much expectation the midfielder failed to rediscover his Rovers form making only 23 appearances in two seasons. A move to Galway United followed in 2016 but ended with relegation thanks to a 4-3 final day home defeat against dethroned champions Dundalk just a few weeks ago.
Elsewhere today, Longford Town's local midfielder Dan Beya has left the club. Starring for "De Town's" under-19's in recent seasons, Beya had broken into the fringes of the senior set-up at "CCS" this season alongside fellow local lad Aodh Dervin. However, it appears Beya will now seek a new club to the disappointment of many Longford fans who saw real potential in one of very few youngsters in the senior set-up at present.
Finally for today, an ex-Irish international will play in the Northern league division one next season with Stephen Elliot departing Drogheda United to play for Morpeth Town (England). 2016 FA Vase Winners and EBAC Northern League champions Morpeth currently sit two points clear of Marske United at the top of the league table and will be hoping Elliot's experience and eye for goal can help steer them to more success.
Speaking on what can only be described as a glamours coup for the non-league side, Morpeth Town chairman Ken Beattie had this to say on his clubs official website:
“It’s a big boost to the club, he has played in the Premier League so he brings a lot of experience which the young lads will benefit from. More recently he has been playing in the Republic of Ireland which is a tough physical league.
“He replaces Michael Chilton, who left for Ashington. We did need to add to the squad as we always need to improve. He is a lovely lad and everyone will get on with him.
“It’s just another stepping stone in the progression of the club. We want to try and have the best team and the best facilities and to try to boost the town and bring on the junior teams which we want to drive the club forward.”