Having just re-signed for Sligo Rovers for the eleventh consecutive season, Gavin Peers speaks to Brian Strahan ahead of the new campaign.
Brian Strahan: Sligo had a tough season last year. But with a new season, a new manager in Dave Robertson and some promising new signings, presumably it’s a positive vibe at present?
Gavin Peers: Yes everyone is looking forward to the new season – all young lads with something to prove in the game, hopefully they can have a good start. There’s a good buzz in the dressing room again.
BS: You’ve won your last three pre-season games. Is it important to have that confidence to know you are winning matches, even if they’re only pre-season games?
GP: Everyone is different really, you can never get sick of winning games. For me personally, I hate pre-season games, it’s just about getting the minutes and getting the fitness on board. Once the first game comes that’s when the switch comes on and mentality changes for me and it’s always worked.
BS: You have Shamrock Rovers at home on Saturday evening. They have prepared well too, with a good, competitive start to the season. Can you beat them?
GP: In this league anyone can beat anyone.
BS: Finally, what’s your ambition for this season?
GP: You want to challenge and win every game as a footballer. With teams at the top strengthening with bigger budgets we’ll have to work extra hard. We’ve a young, hungry squad so hopefully we can go on a good run and see where we end up. I think we just have to stabilise the club first.
Brian Strahan, Pundit Arena