Updated: 13/02/18 : 14:37:06
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Kyle Callan-McFadden named as Bit O'Red captain

Ramelton’s Kyle Callan-McFadden has been named as the Sligo Rovers captain for the 2018 season.

The 22-year-old was the Sligo Player of the Year in 2017 in what was his first season at The Showgrounds.

Callan-McFadden had spells at Norwich City and Orlando City before moving to Sligo.

Gerard Lyttle has handed the centre-back the captain’s armband for the new season.

As we count down to the first game, it’s all through the dressing-room, that drive, and to be captain of a club like Sligo Rovers is a great honour,” Callan-McFadden said.

“I was captain at Norwich City at Under-21 level, underage teams with Ireland and at Orlando so I think managers see something there. At 22 to take over as captain here is something I take on with great determination. We want to have a much better season and show what we are about.

"I really love it and I want to be part of something big. We’ve worked very hard in this pre-season and Saturday has been a long time coming.

“There’ll be expectation, that expectation is on from ourselves, and we’re just itching to get out there.”

The Bit O’Red open their 2018 campaign on Saturday at home to Limerick in a game that marks their 3,000th in the League of Ireland.

Callan McFadden said: “Raff (Raffael Cretaro) was telling us in the car on the way into train that when The Showgrounds is packed, it really rocks and we want to see that. We want all the fans to come out and to reward them because they have been great with us.”