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Laurenz Dehl joins on loan from Union Berlin

Bohemians can confirm the signing of Laurenz Dehl on loan from Union Berlin until the end of the season.

The midfielder, 20, who can also play at right-back, joins from the Bundesliga club having spent last season on loan with Halleschen FC in the German third tier where he made 23 first-team appearances, scoring three times.

Dehl is the seventh signing of this transfer window following the additions of Ryan Burke (Mansfield Town), Josh Kerr (Airdrieonians), Declan McDaid (Dundee), Jon McCracken (Norwich City, loan) John O’Sullivan (Accrington Stanley) and Ethon Varian (Stoke City).

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PROMISE OMOCHERE JOINS FLEETWOOD TOWN

Bohemians can confirm that forward Promise Omochere has joined English League One side Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee.

Omochere joined the Bohemians U19s in 2018 from St Joseph’s Boys via UCD, and helped Bohs win the League of Ireland U19 league that season, and also competed in the UEFA Youth League against Midtjylland that year.

He made his first-team league debut in a 3-1 win away to St Patrick’s Athletic in September 2018 but injury saw him sidelined for much of the 2019 and 2020 campaigns.

Breaking into the first team once more towards the end of 2020, his real breakthrough came last season in the absence of Georgie Kelly before becoming a regular and fan favourite this term. In all, Omochere has scored 11 times in 54 first-team appearances.

Everyone at Dalymount Park wishes Promise every success at Fleetwood.

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BOHEMIANS TO ADOPT NEW AFFILIATE CLUB ACADEMY MODEL

Following a review of existing youth structures and partnerships, we can confirm that Bohemians are embarking on a new affiliate club model for our academy as we seek to enhance player pathways to first-team football.

The change will see our existing exclusive partnership with St Kevin’s Boys come to an end, and we have today given St Kevin’s 12 months’ notice to that effect as per the terms of our agreement. It is our hope that the clubs will maintain and build on our relationship under the new affiliate model.

This restructure will see Bohemians re-engage with clubs across Dublin and build new relationships with others.

Head of Academy Craig Sexton said: “This is an exciting time for youth football in Ireland and at Bohemians.

“The National Underage Leagues have evolved and grown considerably, and Bohemians are committed to providing the best performing underage environment that facilitates all players to reach their full potential.

“Our exclusive partnership with St Kevin’s has served both clubs well. Working together, it provided an avenue for many talented young players to progress from the academy teams right through to the Bohemians first team and beyond.

“We have had great success stories in developing players in recent years, and that clear pathway from youth football to our first team is now a well-trodden one, and is now a very tangible and obtainable target for aspiring young footballers.

“We firmly believe that a new affiliate club model will only build upon that further, and we hope that St Kevin’s will be a part of that.

“Now is the appropriate time to hone our structures and transition from an exclusive arrangement between two clubs to a wider affiliate model that broadens our base to collaborate with clubs across Dublin and beyond to attract the best young players to our academy.”

Head of Academy Craig Sexton, Youth Director Conor Emerson and the Board of Bohemian Football Club will discuss this new model with the club membership at the upcoming AGM on July 27th.

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Bohemian Foundation facilitates football friendly between Oireachtas team and Mountjoy inmates

A group of 12 TDs and senators who make up the Oireachtas football team went inside the walls of Mountjoy Prison for a game of football against the inmates.

Organised by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and The Bohemian Foundation, the prisoners who took part are all from the prison’s progression unit. This is where the men who are actively engaging with rehabilitation, education, and social services are housed.

The pandemic impacted the ability of Thomas Hynes and the Foundation to do their work but this match was one of the first steps in the programmes recommencing.

The match was played fairly and in high spirits and ultimately the prisoners won 9-5, but only after a comeback that saw the Oireachtas team draw level at 5-5 before wilting on the Mountjoy tarmac.

Labour TD and Bohs supporter, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, said that there was a huge appetite among politicians from every political party to take part in the game once the idea was floated.

“It was something that I felt quite strongly about doing, we have a football team here in the Oireachtas and I’ve been determined to use it as an outreach,” Deputy Ó Ríordáin said.

“The link with Thomas Hynes and The Bohemian Foundation was perfect to organise the game, and the Mountjoy governors were hugely welcoming and enthusiastic” he added.

Bringing the outside world into the prison is an important part of how Mountjoy and The Foundation try to help the inmates. This helps to destigmatise the conversation that surrounds prisoners and the perception that some people may hold of them.

Deputy Governor of Mountjoy Prison, Donnacha Walsh, said that the match was a great event for the prison and that it helps remind the inmates that they are not forgotten.

“We always try to break down the barriers between custody and the community because we believe that it gives the guys here the best chance possible at keeping on the right track once they are released from prison,” he said

“It shows them that there are opportunities for them to continue the positive progress they make here,” he added.

Sinn Féin TD and Shamrock Rovers fan, Chris Andrews, said that the match offered great insight into the workings of the prison and the Irish Prison Service.

“It’s a huge credit to Bohemians and The Foundation for carrying this out,” Deputy Andrews said.

He added that it was important for politicians to go see and meet with the people that they are making decisions about.

“The governor indicated that he had been in touch with judges and that they had never been into Mountjoy to see what it’s like and be aware of what they were committing to people,” he said.

“So it’s important that we, as politicians, are aware of what we’re doing and the consequences of out actions and the laws that we pass, and events like this give us that insight,” he explained.

Labour Senator, Marie Sherlock, also took part in the match and she explained that this match cannot be a one-off event, it needs to be the starting point on how politicians engage with prisoners and with the Government on penal reform.

“I have huge admiration for Thomas Hynes and The Bohemian Foundation for their leadership on this issue. When a community club like Bohs says they are helping prisoners it sends out a strong message to everyone else,” Senator Sherlock said.

She thinks that community organisations do a lot of positive work in prisons around the country and that Government should engage with them to see what approaches work.

Chris Andrews thinks that the shift by Irish football clubs, led by Bohemians, to focusing on how they can help out in their own communities has been a catalyst for the growing popularity of the League of Ireland.

“Irish football is changing in front of our eyes and Bohemians have set the bar in terms of community engagement.

“It’s fantastic to see other clubs like my own, Shamrock Rovers, and the likes of St Pat’s, Sligo Rovers, Drogheda United, and many others following that lead and becoming very involved in their communities,” he said.

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PREVIEW: DROGHEDA UTD v BOHEMIANS

Having bonded in Berlin, Bohemians’ new boys hope they can lift the team up the table.

Striker Ethon Varian is the latest July arrival to Dalymount Park and signed in time to travel with the squad for Saturday’s friendly away to Union Berlin.

Varian (Stoke City) is the fifth signing of this transfer window following the additions of Ryan Burke (Mansfield Town), Josh Kerr (Airdrieonians), Declan McDaid (Dundee) and John O’Sullivan (Accrington Stanley).

There have been some departures too with Dawson Devoy (MK Dons), James Finnerty (Galway United, loan) and Stephen Mallon (Cliftonville) moving on.

And the loan deals of Ryan Cassidy (Watford), JJ McKiernan (Watford) and Sam Packham (Brighton) expired, while Grant Horton (Cheltenham) was recalled.

Kerr, from the start, and Burke, McDaid and O’Sullivan as second-half substitutes, made their first-team debuts in last Thursday’s 3-1 win away to UCD, and all five new recruits got game-time in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat away to Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin.

Forward Varian started at Stadion An der Alten Försterei, and will be hoping he has an opportunity to make a difference at Head In The Game Park this evening for what is a new-look Bohs squad.

The Ireland U21 international said: “I’m delighted to have signed for Bohs. The lads have been very welcoming.

“It was a great experience playing against Union Berlin and it was great to see such a brilliant travelling support behind us.

“But our focus now is on Drogheda United. We are looking forward to it and we want to get the job done and get three points.”

The Corkman, 20, is looking to push on with Bohs this season having enjoyed a season-long loan spell with Raith Rovers from Stoke last season.

He added: “I’m really looking forward to it. I had a good experience last year going out on loan for the year and getting a lot of games in a first-team environment at Raith Rovers from Stoke City.

“Now I’m hoping to bring some experience to this team and I’m looking to kick on.

“The facilities at DCU are great and the standards at training have been very good.

“There is good competition here and when there is good competition it should improve every player as footballers and as individuals.”

TEAM NEWS

James Talbot (shoulder) remains out, while Ali Coote (illness) is a doubt.

Striker Ethon Varian comes into contention for a competitive fixture for the first time having played in a Saturday’s 2-1 friendly defeat away to Union Berlin following his arrival from Stoke City.

Dawson Devoy (MK Dons) and Grant Horton (recalled from loan by Cheltenham) have left the club.

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DAWSON DEVOY JOINS MK DONS

Bohemians can confirm that midfielder Dawson Devoy has joined English League One side MK Dons for an undisclosed fee.

The Ireland U21 international played his schoolboy football with Home Farm and St Kevin’s Boys before progressing through the Bohs-SKB League of Ireland teams and starring for the Bohemians U19s in the UEFA Youth League.

He developed at a rapid rate, and he was handed his league debut by first-team manager Keith Long three years ago this week in July 2019 as a second half substitute against UCD.

Coupled with playing with the U19s, he was afforded more first-team opportunities in the 2019 and 2020 seasons but really made his breakthrough in 2021 when he became a mainstay in midfield.

His contribution last season saw him play in all six games of Bohs’ memorable run in the Europa Conference League, which saw him win the July SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month Award and subsequently the 2021 PFAI Young Player of the Year.

The 20-year-old’s final kick in a Bohs jersey this season saw him wrap up a 3-1 victory against UCD with a late penalty last Thursday in what was his eighth league goal this season.

Everyone at Dalymount Park wishes Dawson the very best of luck with his move to MK Dons where he will join up with Warren O’Hora, another player who came through the youth system at Bohemians before starring for our first team under Keith Long.

 

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Bohemians sign striker Ethon Varian

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of forward Ethon Varian.

The Corkman, 20, joins from Stoke City having spent last season on loan with Raith Rovers.

Welcoming the Ireland U21 international to Dalymount Park, manager Keith Long said: “I am delighted to bring Ethon to the club.

“He is a player whose progress we have been monitoring at Stoke City and over the course of last season while he was on loan with Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship.

“Ethon is a player with a brilliant work ethic, who will bring a different dimension to our forward line.”

Varian, who is travelling with the squad to Germany today ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Union Berlin, is the fifth July signing following the additions of Josh Kerr, Ryan Burke, Declan McDaid and John O’Sullivan.

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PREVIEW: UCD v BOHEMIANS

Bohemians manager Keith Long believes his summer signings can change the dynamic of his team and help push them up the table.

Bohs travel to Belfield this evening to take on UCD at the UCD Bowl and for the first time new signings Josh Kerr, Ryan Burke, John O’Sullivan and Declan McDaid come into the reckoning.

Long said: “We have good players at the club but we need to be better.

“Ryan, Josh, John and Declan come into contention for the first time tonight and we are really looking forward to the dynamic the new boys bring to the squad.

“We knew we had to improve in terms of our strength and depth and I feel that they will add to the team.

“We are disappointed with where we are in the table and we have to start winning games to improve our position. It’s as simple as that.

“A little bit of experience coming in will help us, so we hope that it will give us a bit of a bounce. Ultimately we have to try and improve their fitness levels because they have had an off-season.

“We have got to give them time to try and get ready and up to speed to try and impact us because we are crying out for it.”
Long was frustrated with Bohs’ 3-2 defeat to Derry City on Friday, particularly the manner in which the Candystripes scored their second less than two minutes after the Gypsies had levelled the game.

He added: “Every goal we conceded was an error. That has been the story of our season so far. The goals that we are conceding are just far too soft. They are individual errors.

“We got back into the game and Ali Coote gets a cracking goal but we concede in the next phase of play because we didn’t defend the back post.

“That has happened three times this year where we have conceded directly after scoring. Then we give a needless free-kick away in a wide area and again, it’s poor defending.

“Those that have come to watch us week on week have seen that far too often this year and we need to improve.”

TEAM NEWS

Four new signings – Ryan Burke, Josh Kerr, John O’Sullivan and Declan McDaid – come into contention for the first time.

Liam Burt, who was named on the bench last Friday but became ill, is available once more.

James Talbot (shoulder) and Grant Horton (knee) remain out.

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PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY

Bohemians manager Keith Long has seen enough from his team since the start of the second half of the season to believe they can climb up the table.

His side have won a Dublin derby 1-0 and lost a Dublin derby 1-0 since the short mid-season break.

First, they beat Shelbourne at Dalymount Park a fortnight ago but lost to Shamrock Rovers by the same scoreline at Tallaght Stadium last week.

Long said: “Last week we were disappointed not to come away with something from Tallaght.

“Our performance deserved more but a slow start to the second half cost us and we left frustrated having conceded a goal from a set play in what was an otherwise positive team display.

“Derby games are normally won by the odd goal and games are very often defined by small margins. Teams will punish those moments and we must learn from Friday in order to grind out results in tight games.”

Bohemians come into tomorrow’s game against Derry City in a positive mindset, however.

Long said: “The team are very much together, focused on improving and are fighting for one another.

“You have seen evidence of that in our displays since our return from the short break and if we can continue that level of performance, we can climb the table.

“Derry come into tonight after a good win away in UCD last week. They are a quality team with some great players presenting us with so many challenges throughout their team.

“These are challenges that we are looking forward to though and we hope we can continue to improve with a good team display.”

Long is counting on another vocal support, and tribute to the backing his team have had in recent games.

He said: “The support in Dalymount last time out versus Shelbourne was exceptional.

“Down to 10 men for most of the second half, the players really benefited from the support in the Jodi – that helped us win the game.

“It was the same in Tallaght where the fans got right behind the lads and we will need that support again against Derry City.”

That support will be all the more important as Long will have to do without his three new arrivals – Ryan Burke, Josh Kerr and John O’Sullivan – despite the transfer window opening tomorrow.

Long added: “Unfortunately, we are unable to call upon any of our recent signings due to an association rule that only allows players to be registered 24 hours after the transfer window opens.

“It is unfortunate that July 1st lands on a Friday and it is deeply frustrating not to have the lads available for selection despite having all the necessary paperwork ready in advance of the window.”

TEAM NEWS

Ciarán Kelly (suspension) and Tyreke Wilson (bug) return.

James Talbot (shoulder) and Grant Horton (knee) remain out.

New signings Ryan Burke, Josh Kerr and John O’Sullivan are not yet eligible to play.

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SUMMER SOCCER CAMPS

The Bohemian FC Youths are now taking bookings for two upcoming Summer Soccer Camps.

The first is a five-day camp from Monday July 4th to Friday July 8th.

The second is a four-day camp from Tuesday August 2nd to Friday August 5th.

The camps are open to boys and girls with a date of birth from 2010 to 2015.

They take place from 10am to 2pm with a half-hour lunch break.

Location: Broombridge DIT Sports Ground

Activities include warm-ups, circuit drills, mini-games and tournament competitions.

Coaches will run through drills, techniques and practical ways to improve ball skills.

Book 5-day July 4th-8th camp here:https://openplay.ie/embed-activity/10872

  • 1 child: €70
  • 2 children €120
  • 3 children €160

Book 4-day August 2nd-5th camp here:https://openplay.ie/embed-activity/10873

  • 1 child €60
  • 2 children €110
  • 3 children €150

Discounts apply to children within the same family.

Queries? junior.bohemians@gmail.com

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