Morris, Gannon and Devaney sign for 2018

Kevin Devaney's winner against Rovers - by Eddie Lennon

Bohemians have re-signed Ian Morris and Philip Gannon for 2018, while Kevin Devaney has rejoined from Galway United.

Morris, 30, joined Bohs in May 2016 as Youth Development Officer and was subsequently signed for the first team later that summer.

Having come through the youth ranks at Leeds, he amassed great experience in the English Football League during spells with Blackpool, Scunthorpe, Torquay and Northampton.

He returned to Ireland in 2015 and had brief spells with St Patrick’s Athletic and Glenavon before joining Bohs where he has lined out in both midfield and defence.

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Manager Keith Long, whose side will commence pre-season training on December 28th, said: “Morro is a player with vast experience and someone gives us great leadership.

“You can trust him playing in several positions, which is really important for us.”

Finglas man Gannon, 21, joined from Longford Town this time last year having come through West Brom’s academy.

Long said: “Because he’s been around the division a couple of years, sometimes people forget Philly’s still only a young boy.

“There’s lots of development to come. He has had his ups and downs but we feel as a backroom team that we’ve seen signs of great potential.”

Devaney, 27, first joined the Gypsies from Finn Harps in August 2012, making 56 league appearances before departing for his hometown club Sligo Rovers ahead of the 2015 season.

He is best remembered by Bohs fans for scoring the goal that saw the Gypsies beat rivals Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium for the first time in September 2012.

Long said: “Unfortunately Kevin moved to Sligo with Owen Heary before I joined the club so I never got a chance to work with him.

“He’s an explosive player – he did some damage against us for Galway this year – and gives us pace and options out wide.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Long now has 21 players under contract at Bohemians for next season: Oscar Brennan, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Rob Cornwall, Kevin Devaney, Philip Gannon, Jamie Hamilton, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, JJ Lunney, Cristian Magerusan, Colin McCabe, Eoghan Morgan, Ian Morris, Derek Pender, Fuad Sule, Shane Supple, Warren O’Hora, Keith Ward, John Ross Wilson.

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