Letterkenny Rovers' summer signing Jonny Bonner says he’s looking forward to playing his part in the battle for the Ulster Senior League title.

The Buncrana man spent last season at Irish Premiership side Crusaders, but when word got out that he didn’t plan on returning to the league champions, it wasn’t long before Rovers’ boss Eamon McConigley came knocking.

Bonner told the Inish Times: “I’m planning to move away in the new year to Dubai with my girlfriend, so I didn’t want to commit again to another season playing in the north.

“When people heard I wasn’t staying in the Irish League, a few USL teams came looking. Rory Kelly (Letterkenny keeper and fellow Buncrana man) would be a good mate of mine, so he tested the waters.

“Then I spoke to Eamon and we had a good chat about his plans for the season and the part I would play in them.

“I was up there for two seasons before, under Trevor Scanlon first and then Eamon. I know the craic with him and I know most of the boys in the team, so it just felt like the right move.”

And the 27-year-old has his fingers crossed that he can enjoy a good run on the pitch after being dogged by injury, both during his spell at Finn Harps and then Crusaders.

“I got injured playing for my college team (Carlowe IT) at the end of February, and that kept me out of the Crusaders side for six weeks.

“By the time I could return properly it was getting near the end of the season and they had a side that was winning, so I was coming off the bench in a few games and that was really frustrating.

“But hopefully now I can stay injury free. I played in a couple of the league cup matches and I’m feeling good, it’s just about getting the fitness up fully and getting the legs going.

“There’s a good vibe up here and everyone’s looking forward to getting started with the league this weekend. Obviously it will be tough to take the title away from Cockhill - but we definitely have the players here to do it.”

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