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Sligo Rovers sign prolific Brendan Ogbu

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16:50 1 Feb 2019

Sligo Rovers have completed the signing of Brendan Ogbu, subject to work permit and international clearance.

The Nigerian striker scored 12 goals in 14 matches for Bayelsa United in the Nigeria National League season last season.

He won the Nigerian FA Cup with former club Heartland, taking the Man of the Match award in the final, and Player of the Year that campaign overall with 17 goals in the season.

"Brendan can play across the front three including as a number nine. He came across my radar at St Patrick’s Athletic but at the time we had Christy Fagan and he wasn’t available then afterwards," said Sligo boss Liam Buckley.

"We needed to broaden our search in looking for a striker because it’s a limited market and Brendan has proven himself as a goalscorer in Nigeria as someone I feel is worth bringing here."

"He’s a big lad, very dangerous around the penalty area and he’s going to bring something we’re looking for.

"It’s up to the team to be playing well to create chances and I think he’ll relish this opportunity. We’re looking forward to him joining up with us.”

Ogbu says he's looking forward to testing himself in Europe.

"I have been so keen to receive a chance like this and prove myself in Europe," he said.

"I can’t wait to meet all the Sligo fans and I want to help the team have a very good season.

"I will be prepared correctly to play for Sligo Rovers and try to score goals like I have done in Nigeria for many years."

Sligo Rovers begin the Premier Division campaign against champions Dundalk on February 15th at Oriel Park.

This week, Team 33 spoke to ex-Drogheda United manager Mick Cooke about the new season, including Sligo.

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