Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has declared himself 'very pleased' with the nature in which the Bit O' Red have conducted their off-season business despite the losses of Mark Quigley and Jason McGuinness.
After guiding the club to their first league title in over three decades, Sligo have moved to secure the signatures of the core of their squad and Baraclough says that he now possesses a 'framework for a squad'.
"It is important to do business as early as possible," Baraclough told the club's official website. "We now have a framework for a squad and if we add one or two more soon it will really put us in good stead.
He added: "Continuity is extremely important and it is something that clubs can struggle with in this league. I’m very pleased with what we have done so far and it shows the forward-thinking by the club to secure the players early.
"We did it in July with the new signings and extending deals for David Cawley and Danny North and we will try to continue that."
Despite managing to wrap up deals with the bulk of the title-winning team, Sligo Rovers were unable to convince PFAI Player of the Year Quigley and centre back McGuinness to stay at the Showgrounds and they both opted to join Shamrock Rovers.
However, Baraclough is not dwelling on the failure to persuade the duo to remain at the club, saying that they are 'not irreplaceable'.
"People move on, it happens at every football club and we can improve," he said. "They are certainly not irreplaceable and there were a lot of times last season that we didn’t have those players, times where we got to the top of the league and it was the whole squad working together that did that.
"There are players out there for us to work with and the challenge is to improve. I feel we can do it, it can unite us as a group and we certainly have a platform to put together another outstanding group," he concluded.