Bohemian FC has signed 20 players for the 2013 senior squad, as manager Aaron Callaghan and assistant Owen Heary continue building their team.
The latest new recruits to Bohemians are: goalkeeper Dean Delany (from Shelbourne), forward Darragh Hanaphy (from Newry City), forward Chris Lyons (from UCD), midfielder Niall Forrester (from Sacred Heart, previously with Shamrock Rovers Under-19s) and midfielder Conor O’Brien, son of former assistant manager Liam O’Brien and a former Bohemian under-19 player, who returns to Ireland after a period in the United States.
Rejoining Bohemians again for next season are Dave Mulcahy, Kevin Devaney and Karl Moore, while Owen Heary has also re-signed as a player.
Callaghan was particularly delighted at re-signing former St Pat’s man Mulcahy (right) and said: “Dave’s vast experience was vital last season in helping our young squad adapt to the Airtricity Premier Division.”
Squad members announced earlier this month were: Ryan McEvoy, Derek Pender, Luke Byrne, Keith Buckley, Greg Murray, Michael Barker, Dave Scully, Roberto Lopes, Stephen Traynor, Andy Mulligan and John O’Connor, all re-signed from 2012, along with former UCD left back Ciaran Nangle.
Manager Callaghan hopes to add several more players before training resumes on 14 January, adding: “Having the squad together for a pre-season is very important not just in terms of fitness but tactically and mentally, getting the lads ready for what will be a tough campaign.
“We can no longer compete with most of the teams in the league as far as budget is concerned, but with most of the squad having played here last season they will have the confidence to go out and express themselves on the pitch and play football the Bohemian way.
“I know the fans appreciated last season the way we tried to play football and the support was phenomenal. The backing of the fans meant so much to the dressing room especially when we didn’t do well.”
“We have already arranged two warm-up games against Longford and Athlone in Dalymount (details will be announced in club website when confirmed).”
Meanwhile, Callaghan has appointed Paul Somers as chief scout for Bohemian FC.
Paul, who is a UEFA “A” licence coach, worked with UCD and managed St Patrick’s Athletic’s under-19 team.