Newly crowned Airtricity Premier Division champions Sligo Rovers must tie their best players down to contracts if they are going to continue their success, according to players Jason McGuinness and Mark Quigley.
Out-of-contract striker Mark Quigley has revealed that he is 'going to listen to offers' as he waits for a new deal with the Bit O'Red. Indeed, Quigley believes that if the club wants to build upon its success, they must endeavour to keep the current squad together as a unit.
"There are a lot of players out of contract, myself included," Quigley told reporters "If the club wants to do well again next year I think they need to keep the squad together and build on it.
"I’ll be signing on the dole on Monday, as usual," continued the striker. "That’s a bit of a comedown from scoring a winning penalty but that’s the way it is in this country."
He added: "I’d say the club will probably want to sit down with me in the next week or so, but it’s very late. I think other clubs are doing their business; probably two months ago other teams were doing their business.
"The ball is in their court, to be fair. It’s up to them who they want to sign and who they want to bring in but I’m here and I’m going to listen to offers."
Quigley's team mate, defender Jason McGuinness also complained of the 'lax' approach taken by the club regarding the contracts of its best players.
"I think the club have been a bit lax on getting players sorted out," said McGuinness. "I'm disappointed that they haven't come and nailed down a lot of the good players because everything is in gear to go now.
"Sligo have just recently built a brand new stand and the worst thing that could happen is if the players leave and then you've a brand new stand and nobody to sit in it."
Mark Quigley is believed to have received offers from a number of clubs, including Shamrock Rovers and MLS outfit FC Dallas, but the Bit O'Red chairman Dermot Kelly hopes to retain the services of his best players.
"It's unfortunate," said Kelly, "[But] until we knew that we were going to be in the Champions League, we weren't in a position to put our best foot forward."
"I’d be very optimistic, though, that most of those lads will be playing with us next year," added the Sligo Chairman.