Ross Tierney returns to Bohemians on multi-year deal

Mark Rossiter

Bohemian FC is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Ross Tierney on a multi-year contract.

The 23-year-old returns to Dalymount Park where he made his big breakthrough in senior football before moving to Motherwell at the end of the 2021 season.

Tierney, who joined Bohs academy after starring for St Kevin’s all the way through at underage level, tasted first-team football for the first time in 2019.

He rapidly established himself as a first-team regular, a fans’ favourite and earned international recognition for Ireland all the way up to U21 level.

He starred in Bohs’ memorable European run in 2021, scoring a vital goal away to Dudelange, and his form that season helped Bohs reach the FAI Cup final and saw him nominated for the PFA Ireland Young Player of the Year Award.

Since then, he has spent the last two-and-a-half years in Britain – a year-and-a-half with Motherwell and a season on loan at Walsall.

Manager Alan Reynolds said: “Firstly, I want to welcome Ross home. He is obviously my first signing of this transfer window, so I am delighted that my first signing is very much a signal of where we want to go as a club, and where we are going to go as a club.

“I see getting Ross back to the club as a coup, and a reflection of the ambition we have to get Bohs back to where we belong. He is the calibre of talent I want to bring to this club.

“He has turned down bigger offers from other clubs to come back to the club that he loves, and there has been a huge amount of work in the background to get this over the line.

“Bohs means an awful lot to Ross, and it is clear that he wants to come back and be part of something new and exciting here.

“He is a player with passion, an eye for goal, and real quality in the final third. He also has the work ethic that I want to see from players.

“He has a great profile, and has already been a great player for Bohs, but what is most exciting for me is that I feel that the best is yet to come for Ross.

“He is a great guy, on and off the pitch, and I believe our fans will take to him again like they did here before.”

Tierney said: “I am buzzing to be back. I am not just coming back to be happy being home – I am coming back to help Bohs push on, get back to where we belong, challenging for trophies and getting back into Europe.

“I have spoken to Rennie quite a bit since he came in and when I knew there was a chance I might come home. I know Rennie from the Ireland U21s. I know what he is about and what he wants to achieve here. I want to be a part of that and I can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve been to a good few games since I came back for the summer and I’ve always gone to games when I’ve been back home for breaks. The atmosphere in Dalymount is still there – we just need to start paying back that support with results on the pitch now.

“Those nights we had in Europe when I was here before are still the best nights I have had in my career and that’s where the club needs to be. That’s what I am here for.

“I am young, and I want to have a big career here with Bohs and to perform the way I was before I left and to push on further.”

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