Quigley, O'Connor return to Rovers
Soccer:PFAI player of the year Mark Quigley and fellow nominee Sean O’Connor have rejoined Shamrock Rovers. New Rovers boss Trevor Croly unveiled the singings today, describing them as the “type of players that excite fans”.
"We have added more quality to the squad with these signings,” he said. “Both players were nominated for the PFAI player of the year by their fellow players, which says a lot about the seasons they had last year.
“They are both excellent players; I have worked with them before and they have a lot of ability and are the type of players that excite fans.”
Striker Quigley (27), who played with Rovers in 2005, move back from Sligo Rovers after memorable season with the league winners, in which he scored 10 goals in 20 starts.
“It’s unbelievable to be back at Shamrock Rovers. I started my career in the league here,” he said. “This is a massive club and I’ve come here to win the league with Rovers. I think all the players that are here will be very hungry for success next season and that’s the way I’m feeling too.
He added: “It’s hard for any player to leave the current champions, and everyone at Sligo was great to me, but this is a new chapter now and I’m going to knuckle down and do well here.”
Winger O’Connor (29) is also returning to Rovers after a spell between 2008 and 2010, having enjoyed an impressive season with St Patrick’s Athletic.
“I’m delighted to have signed,” he said. “I think the club is going to be very competitive next year and I think it will be a good place to be. It was a hard decision to make as I had a good season with Pat’s but when Trevor said he wanted to talk to me, I was interested to hear what he had to say and then when I spoke to him, I knew I wanted to come back here.
“This is the only club I have won something with and I want to do that again.”