SEAMUS Coleman says a new link-up between Sligo Rovers and Everton will prove beneficial for both clubs.
A new strategic partnership was unveiled yesterday afternoon.
The new agreement will see Sligo Rovers and Everton partner on several initiatives and cross-promotional activities including fan engagement, marketing and content collaborations.
Sligo Rovers and Everton academy coaches will also develop relationships and there will also be the opportunity for pre-season training bases for academy teams at both clubs.
The clubs will exchange knowledge across both coaching and business operations.
Killybegs man Coleman, now the Republic of Ireland captain, moved to Everton from Sligo for a bargain £60,000 in 2009 and has made over 300 appearances for the Toffees.
Coleman said: “I’m delighted with this partnership between two clubs close to my heart in Sligo Rovers and Everton.
“I’ll be forever grateful to Sligo for giving me my start in professional football and for helping to pave the way for my move to Everton, the Club I am proud to captain and represent each and every day.
“This partnership will benefit both clubs and, in particular, can provide support to Sligo from the social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”