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Tobi departs Showgrounds to join champs

YET ANOTHER Sligo Rovers stalwart has departed south to sign for Cork City, the new Cup and League double champions.

Tobi Adebayo-Rowling leaves behind him at the Showgrounds two impressive seasons on the right side of the defence.

European Football

Last night Tobi tweeted excitedly his prospect of playing European football for the fIrst time in his career in 2018.

His text from England just after teatime said: “Cant wait for the 2018 season with @CorkCityFC.

“Such a big club and have done so well in the recent years! Buzzing to get back now,” said the star of his second chapter in Irish football.”

Tweets trending last night saw humour, too: “Welcome to Cork, not sure how we’ll fit your name on a shirt!”

Adebayo-Rowling began his career in Brighton’s youth setup before a move to Eastbourne Borough.

No Brainer

He joined Peterborough United in 2015 and made five appearances for the League One side before signing for the Showgrounds Bit O’Red in 2016.

The 21-year-old said last night of his move to Cork: “When the opportunity came, it was a no-brainer really. 

“It is a massive club with a lot of support, and a great team when I have played against them in the past.

“The club didn’t need much selling; when I heard that the interest was there I didn’t think about going anywhere else. 

“I am buzzing to play at Turner’s Cross as a home player in front of all of the fans.

“I have never played European football before, so the chance to play in the Champion’s League is a massive opportunity.

“I know everyone here has the same mindset and that is that we want to go and win the league again,” said Adebayo-Rowling last night.

The Irish Sun online probably told the story best of all last night.

Cork City raid Sligo Rovers again as Tobi Adebayo-Rowling moves to double champions,” said its heading.

“Again;” it’s been one-way traffic for seasons now - Steven Beattie, Jimmy Keohane, Achille Campion and Kieran Sadlier.

Saucy Escapade

Even Seanie Maguire sampled the Showgrounds before he headed south, en route to becoming a full Irish international this year.

Now Adebayo-Rowling heads south after a season in which he made both the front and back page headlines at Sligo Rovers.

Astute management handling by his agent saved his Irish career after a saucy escapade in Sligo made tabloid front pages in the middle of last season as Sligo Rovers struggled.

Though listed as a defender, Tobi has repeatedly shown a turn of pace attacking down the right flank and may end in midfield.

Link: See
Sligo Today 22/5/2017.