Sligo Rovers completed the signing of forward Ryan De Vries from Japanese J2 FC Gifu. This signing looks a must after drawing three blanks in opening games. A striker was definitely a priority after the loss of Romeo Parkes; personal decisions led to Parkes signing for USL side New Mexico United to be closer to home. Liam Buckley will hope Devires can have same impact for Sligo Rovers as Jamaican.
The man himself is twenty-eight year old, South African born New Zealander. He is a one cap wonder like the greats Joe Lapaira and David Nugent. He has played in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. This type of signing does excite me as fan of the league just because it adds different optimism than a player already known to the league. Of course, I goggled him and watched a few YouTube clips of his time in FC Auckland and FC Gifu.
The footage looked positive from a Sligo Rovers perspective; though I was excited by YouTube clips of Joelinton. De Vries playing in New Zealand probably indicates that he will be used to physicality of league. He has turn of pace and makes good runs which might useful on the counter.
Twitter offers us the ability to connect with fellow football lovers and by utilises this application to get more overview of his time in FC Auckland and in J2.
Andrew Voerman a man who writes about Auckland sports offered his opinion “scored for fun in New Zealand’s national league, which seemed a comparable level, maybe slightly worse. Likes to run with the ball at defenders in wide areas”. The J2 expect Sushi Football opinion of his time in J2 “I thought he would score more goals than he did, but he was playing in a tem struggling against relegation. He has good movement, and works really hard – he will run all day to try and press opponents. But lacks that real cutting edge good strikers should have”. Sushi Football also said by all accounts Ryan De Vries is a lovely guy so people of Sligo town will be happy to hear that.
He needs to contribute goals if Sligo Rovers are to avoid relegation or a dreaded play-off. The transfers thus far by Liam Buckley haven’t been inspiring so hopefully De Vries can hit the ground running and rack in the goals to give Sligo Rovers a successful season.