LONG ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW SIGNINGS AND TWO RE-SIGNINGS

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Bohemians are delighted to announce the signings of goalkeeper Niall Corbet, defenders James Finnerty and Michael Barker, and midfielder Daniel Mandroiu.

As well as the new arrivals, defender Paddy Kirk and striker Ryan Swan have both re-signed for 2019.

Laois man Corbet, 24, joins after a season with Waterford having previously been with UCD where he was PFAI First Division Goalkeeper of the Year in 2017.

Manager Keith Long said: “Niall is a good age for a goalkeeper with his prime still very much ahead of him but with good experience in the league already.

“Obviously there is a big void to fill with Shane Supple retiring but Niall and James Talbot are two excellent keepers who I believe will push one another.”

Meath man Finnerty, 19, comes to Dalymount from Rochdale having spent three years with Aston Villa.

Long said: “He’s had a good schooling with Villa. He’s a young lad and, like Danny Mandroiu, it’s a big step for him and will take a while to adjust.

“Nobody at that age is the finished article but he has a really good pedigree and with a bit of patience, we can bring him on further to another level.”

Barker rejoins Bohemians after five years away with UCD, Bray Wanderers and, most recently, St Patrick’s Athletic. The 25-year-old came through the Bohs U20 team and played for the first team in 2013 and 2014.

Long said: “Michael was at the club before my time here and is someone I’ve tried to sign for the last two closed seasons so it’s third time lucky and I’m delighted to finally get him in.

“He’s a very under-valued defender. He is an excellent tackler and can play at right-back, centre-back and left-back and in midfield too so he gives us a number of options.

“I think he will prove to be a very valuable player for us.”

A local from Ballymun, Mandroiu, 20, comes to Dalymount from Brighton’s U23s.

Long said: “Danny’s an extremely talented young player who’s been away with Brighton now for four years.

“He’s technically very good. Obviously it’s a culture change coming from U23s football to first-team football but he’ll have a full pre-season to get up to speed.”

A product of Bohs’ partners St Kevin’s Boys, Mandroiu said: “I know a few of the lads already – Darragh Leahy and Robbie McCourt – from St Kevin’s so I’m looking forward to playing with the again and I know James Talbot from the Ireland squads too so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I can’t wait to get started. I had a chat with Keith and he sounded like he really wanted me to sign and Bohs are a club I wanted to play for when I was younger too so I can’t wait to get that opportunity.”

Having captained the Bohs U19s to league glory in 2017, 20-year-old Kirk broke into the first team this season and impressed with commanding performances at left-back.

Long said: “Paddy’s done really well for us in the games he’s come in. He was thrown in at the deep end in big games too and impressed.

“He always wants to win and has an absolutely terrific attitude. He’s exactly the profile and character of player I want at this club.”

Swan, 22, joined Bohs from UCD 12 months ago but was cruelly ruled out for the season before it even started when he suffered a cruciate ligament tear in training.

Long said: “I’m delighted to have Swanny re-signed. He’ll be like a new signing for us obviously because he didn’t get to play at all this year.

“He’s worked ever so hard while he was out injured and he will be more determined than ever to make an impression for us.”

Signed for 2019: Andy Lyons, Cristian Magerusan, Conor Levingston, Daniel Grant, Daniel Mandroiu, Darragh Leahy, Derek Pender, Dinny Corcoran, James Finnerty, James Talbot, Keith Ward, Michael Barker, Niall Corbet, Paddy Kirk, Promise Omochere, Rob Cornwall, Robbie McCourt, Ryan Graydon, Ryan Swan.

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