Sligo Rovers' hopes of qualifying for Europe have been dented by the sale of Jordan Gibson to Carlisle United.
The winger has joined the English League Two club for an undisclosed fee.
Gibson has arguably been Sligo's player of the season so far, scoring 7 and assisting another 5 goals in his 22 SSE Airtricity Premier Division appearances.
He's scored fine goals against the likes of Waterford, Dundalk and Bohemians this season, to leave the Bit-O-Red third in the table.
Dundalk 0-1 Sligo Rovers GOAL - Sligo Rovers' top goalscorer Jordan Gibson adds to his tally as the visitors take the lead at Oriel Park. pic.twitter.com/0rnSzhY7eN
— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) May 7, 2021
They've signed Ugandan international winger Melvyn Lorenzen and former Bohemians striker Andre Wright in recent weeks to mitigate against Gibson's departure.
Sligo boss Liam Buckley said, "At the end of last season with St Pat’s, he wanted to return to England and we did convince him to stay in the league and move here with us.
“As we look back, that was a good move for both Jordan and Sligo Rovers.
“We did say at the time we would help him to get that move home if something arose and a suitable offer came in.
“Jordan has that desire to go back to England and from our point of view the deal with Carlisle was a good one for all parties.
“We’re preparing for a real fight over the next three months to finish the season as well we can and push on. It’s going to be a battle over the coming games and it’s important that it is our total focus without any distractions.
“We have added to the squad with four players in the window and I do feel we are quite strong for the remainder of the season.
“We wish Jordan well back in the Football League and thank him for his contribution at the club.”
The two Sligo Rovers goals tonight have been exceptional; what a finish by Jordan Gibson to put them 2-1 ahead. pic.twitter.com/N55SLblHhQ
— Tommy Rooney (@TomasORuanaidh) March 26, 2021