Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough hoping to add 'two or three fresh faces'

The former Scunthorpe manager is busy tending to the task of bolstering his league-winning squad and says that it is important to add new players
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has revealed that he is hoping to sign 'two or three fresh faces' ahead of the forthcoming 2013 season.

Last season the Bit O'Red boss guided his side to league glory in what was his first season in charge at the Showgrounds and the former Scunthorpe boss believes that it is 'important' that he adds to his squad.

He has managed to secure the signatures of the core of the title-winning squad, while also bringing in former Ireland under 21 international Aaron Greene. However, Baraclough admitted that he had to compensate for the loss of key players such as Mark Quigley and Jason McGuinness, who signed for Shamrock Rovers.

"I've been watching, on average, five or six games a week at all levels," Baraclough told the Irish Independent. "Youth team games, under 21s, a few games in the Conference and even Premiership games – but that one was only pure pleasure."

He added: "It's important I bring in two or three fresh faces that the league doesn't know about and who can add a bit of quality.

"A lot of players that we would like to have signed have been snapped up – they chose to go elsewhere," he continued. "We haven't got the biggest budget in the league and it's something we have to deal with.

"Hopefully, I can bring in two or three players from England and one or two here that I am talking to. We will see how it goes," he said.

Meanwhile, Dundalk have added another player to their ranks with the signing of Tiarnan Mulvenna from Drogheda United.

The 24-year-old striker becomes Stephen Kenny's eighth signing since taking over the reins in November 2012.