AFTER SIGNING a new contract at Sligo Rovers, Kyle Callan-McFadden says he wants to help the Bit O’Red ‘move up a level’.
The 24-year-old Ramelton man has become the 13th player to commit to Sligo for the 2020 season.
Callan-McFadden, a former Norwich City prospect, will be going into his fourth season at the club next year.
“I feel some of my performances recently have been the best in my time here,” the defender said after penning a new one-year deal.
“Last season wasn’t at that standard. In 2020 I want to lead this club to achieve something and be at the forefront of that. It’s a simple target on paper and the hard work starts from here.
“I love it here, you see what is going on around the club in terms of the fundraising and the passion around the place.
“There’s a massive desire to move up a level in terms of the league. We can talk about it now but we’ve got to be ready from the first kick of a ball next season.”
Callan-McFadden has enjoyed life under new manager Liam Buckley this year. Sligo lost out to Dundalk in an FAI Cup semi-final recently and will aim to get back on the silverware trail next year.
He said: “I think the respect we have for Liam has been evident in the effort and application all year. You can see why he has won things with clubs and how determined he is to do it here.
“It’s been good to not battle against relegation because the last couple of years have been a dogfight.
“I don’t think that’ll be good enough next year. We’re trying to achieve something and losing the Cup semi-final was hard to take. It has to drive us on next year.”
Buckley said: “Kyle is a really solid defender who tackles really well, he’s strong in the air and he’s a good leader. We’ve got some proper defenders here. He has shown form recently that demands he is in the team. That’s what I want from every player going forward.
“We have some versatile defenders as well and I put Kyle in the middle of midfield at times this year because he has range of passing.”Tags: