John Russell has signed a new one-year contract to remain on as player/assistant manager at Sligo Rovers.
The midfielder played 10 times for the Bit O'Red last term and manager Liam Buckley says it was a "no brainer" to offer him a new deal.
Buckley added that the club's former captain has become a key member of his coaching team:
“John has been very influential in the last 12 months and is a vital part of the staff.
“He is hugely respected at the club and rightly so because of what he has achieved as a player, and now what he is bringing as an assistant manager on a daily basis.
“He understands the football club and challenges the players to become better every single day. He is a great sounding board to me, his knowledge and wealth of talent are invaluable so I’m delighted with this news.
“We also retain him as a player. At 34 I still think he has a lot to offer and we saw him step in last year and do well.
“If you could see him in pre-season now, he is as fit as you will get. It’s a no-brainer again to have him available to play.”