New Shamrock Rovers manager has unveiled his first signings as boss in Tallaght, and as many St. Pat’s fans have feared he has raided the club for the services of midfielder James Chambers, as well as centre-back Jason McGuinnes from champions Sligo.
Both players had previous spells at Rovers with McGuinness playing for Rovers in the 2004/05 season between spells for rival Bohemians who departed last year for Sligo.
Chambers won the league in Tallaght in 2010 before departing for a spell with Hamilton Academical in Scotland for a season until returning to Dublin with St. Patrick’s Athletic last season where he stood out as an impressive force in the centre of Lliam Buckley’s side.
Croly described the signings as “two top class players, and they will be great for the club. Hopefully we can continue with that calibre of signings. These are two crucial positions on any team and they will be vital for us next year.”
The 30 year old McGuinness described the change at Rovers since his last time with the club saying, “When I left the last time, the ground wasn’t even finished, so it feels very different now. The progression has been unbelievable and I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
Chambers said that the appointment of Croly as boss was a factor in his decision to return to The Hoops, “When Trevor said he wanted me to join him here, it was a very easy decision for me to make. To be back at Rovers is fantastic, and to get to work with Trevor again was a big draw, as was the rest of the backroom staff. I think next season is going to be an exciting one for us.”