ED McGinty has extended his loan away from Oxford United until the end of the League of Ireland Premier Division season.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper joined his former club Sligo Rovers on loan back in January, in order to pick up valuable game time.

Since joining the U’s in July 2022, McGinty has made just 10 appearances for the club.

Those all came during the 2022/23 season, with seven games in cup competitions, plus three matches in Sky Bet League One while Simon Eastwood missed out with a calf problem.

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McGinty told the Sligo website: “I’m delighted to get it done. It can be a weird time when the window opens so it’s nice to have the peace of mind and security. It’s great to be able to move on now and stick with Rovers and with John Russell. 

“John spoke to me about extending the deal quite a while back. I’m ambitious and I want to challenge myself and it felt right to stay in Sligo.

“There was interest from here and there but for me everything nicely fell into place and it just felt right to stay here. 

“I feel the love from the supporters and the people of Sligo and the club is in my heart at this stage. I learned the game during my first few years here and got into the team and learned a lot.

“My first stint here gave me a lot of great memories and this time around, it’s all about pushing on and creating more moments.

“Europe is there for us and we want to really push on now. John has recruited very strategically so it’s just about keeping players on the pitch.

“If we have our best eleven fit, we can do anything. We’ve already beaten the champions Shamrock Rovers and the league leaders Shels this season. If we can stay consistent, then who knows where we’ll end up.”

Sligo boss Russell added: “We have the best goalkeeper in Ireland. He has been a big presence for us both one and off the pitch so I’m delighted he has agreed to extend his loan to the end of this season.

“Understandably, there was a lot of interest in Ed. But we worked very hard to keep him.

“What’s most exciting for me, is that there is more to come from Ed. He has the right mentality and is driven to succeed. This is a deal I know will delight our fans.”

The League of Ireland Premier Division campaign runs through until the beginning of November.