Former Arsenal youth Philip Roberts joins Sligo Rovers

The Republic of Ireland youth international arrives at the Showgrounds having previously played for Dundee and Falkirk in Scotland

Sligo Rovers have completed the signing of former Arsenal youth player Philip Roberts.

The 21-year-old, who has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at Under-17 and Under-19 level, joins Dave Robertson's side ahead of the 2016 SSE Airtricity League season after impressing on trial.

After signing for the Bit o' Red, Roberts commented that the ambition at the club "is great" noting that Robertson is aiming to guide the club back into Europe.

"[Robertson] has said that he would like to break into the top four this year and try to push for a European place. We want to play an attacking style of football that should be good to watch for the fans," Roberts told the club website.

"We will just be going out there to try and win as many games as we can. There is a lot of ambition here at the club to do well which is great."

Roberts began his career with Charlton Athletic, Norwich City and Arsenal before moving on loan to Scottish outfit Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The striker then made his stay in Scotland permanent when he joined Falkirk in 2013, before moving to Dundee in 2014.

During his time at Dens Park, Roberts also enjoyed a brief loan spell with Scottish Championship club Alloa Athletic.

Meanwhile, Galway United have announced that Conor Gleeson has returned to the club following a period with Athlone Town.

Galway boss Tommy Dunne welcomed the signing and says that it is important to have a good quality of competition within his squad.

"Connor is another welcome addition to our squad," Dunne told the official club website. “He was excellent for us in the First Division. When we were promoted to the Premier Division, I think he lost his confidence a bit. Now he has the opportunity to work his way back into the team again.

"There are already two good goalkeepers at the club in Conor Winn and Kevin Horgan, and Connor Gleeson’s arrival only enhances our options.

"I wanted to have quality and competition in every position. There has to be a lively competitiveness in the squad if we’re going to push on as a club."

Elsewhere, Athlone Town have signed former Bray Wanderers midfielder David Cassidy and ex-Derby County youth Jack Tuite.