Striker Max Mata agrees extension to his contract with Sligo Rovers

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New Zealand striker Max Mata has agreed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with League of Ireland club Sligo Rovers.

His five goals since joining the club in February has earned the All Whites forward an extension to his contract.

Irish news site The42 reported that Mata’s goalscoring record – including one in the Europa Conference League first qualifying round win against Welsh club Bala Town — had led to the contract extension till the end of 2024.

Mata (22) said. ”I’m excited to be working with good people and I am excited for what the future holds. I can’t wait to continue my development here.”

Sligo manager John Russell said: “I’m delighted to have secured Max on a deal until the end of the 2024 season. Max has all the attributes of a top centre forward.

”He is strong, quick, can link the play and is a real threat in the box. He has already shown his ability to score goals as well as a desire to work hard for the team.

”I think the fans will be excited by this news.”

The Aucklander has missed New Zealand selection since making hi All Whites debut against Lituania in November 2019.

But Mata and Sligo teammate Nando Pijnaker, also an All White, are in the European spotlight due to their team’s efforts in the Europa Conference League.

On Friday (NZT), they take a 1-0 first leg lead into the second leg of their second round qualifier against Scottish club Motherwell, knowing the reward will be a tie with either Czech side Sparta Prague or Norway’s Viking in the next round.

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