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DEFENDER TIEGAN RUDDY JOINS FROM SHAMROCK ROVERS

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of defender Tiegan Ruddy from Shamrock Rovers.

Prior to last season’s stint with Rovers, the 23-year-old spent a year with FC Sion in Switzerland having previously played with Peamount and Shelbourne.

Welcoming Tiegan to Dalymount Park, manager Ken Kiernan said: “We are delighted to have signed Tiegan for the 2024 season.

“She will be very important for us to help implement our plans, on and off the pitch. She is a very versatile player who is able to cover multiple positions and she is technically excellent.

“What was very evident right from her first session with us was the quickness of her decision-making in each practice. She is a very good communicator and helps drive each session.

“Having played professionally in Switzerland and being involved with multiple international age groups and at senior level, she will bring experiences to our group that will give us another edge.

“More importantly, she is a great character and we look forward to helping her hit her own personal targets this year.”

Ruddy made her first appearance for the club away to Athlone Town this afternoon where Bohs came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 thanks to a brace from another new signing, Alannah McEvoy, in what was the side’s first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2024 SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division campaign.

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CIARA SMITH SIGNS

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Ciara Smith.

The defender was most recently with Terenure Rangers, where she won the FAI Women’s Amateur Cup last year, and recently starred in the TG4 Underdogs series.

Welcoming Ciara to Dalymount Park, manager Ken Kiernan said: “We are delighted that Ciara agreed to sign. We got to track her most recently while taking part in the TG4 documentary, which culminated in a game in Eamonn Deacy Park against Galway.

“Ciara received the Player of the Match award after that game but what stood out other than her ability on the pitch was her character off it.

“She has settled straight into the group, her attitude to learning and improving is excellent and she is another player whose athleticism and fitness is immense.

“She is a brilliant defender who reads the game so well and is brilliant in 1v1s and aerial duels. She has a great range of passing and will be a leader within the group this season.”

 

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Defender Aoife Brophy joins from DLR Waves

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Aoife Brophy.

The defender joins from DLR Waves, where she spent the past three seasons, having previously had two years with Kilkenny United.

Welcoming Aoife to Dalymount Park, manager Ken Kiernan said: “Aoife is a fantastic defender. She is quick, agile and brilliant at intercepting and transitioning forward. She is also very good at organising teammates around her.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing her develop in the defensive unit. She has settled into the group really well and has a fantastic attitude. She is a forward thinking player who has already led by example the last few weeks in training.”

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Winger Sarah McKevitt joins from DLR Waves

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Sarah McKevitt.

The winger, 25, joins from DLR Waves having previously lined out for Cork City, Peamount and Wexford.

Welcoming Sarah to Dalymount Park, manager Ken Kiernan said:

“Sarah is an out and out winger, who loves to take players on. In wide areas, her deliveries are timed, deliberate and extremely effective.

“She is a consummate professional and has a great understanding of the game.

“We feel Sarah gives us great scope to be able to play the way we are setting out to. She is lightning quick and her fitness levels are off the charts already. We are delighted to get her signed up for the season ahead.”

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MIDFIELDER SAVANNAH KANE JOINS FROM SHELBOURNE

Bohemian FC is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Savannah Kane.

The 16-year-old, who rejoins from Shelbourne, said: “I had a really good chat with Ken Kiernan and I felt this was the best decision for me and my career.

“The girls have been really welcoming, they are a great bunch. I feel like we are going to be really successful this year as Ken plays really positive football and has really high standards.

“It’s really good to be in with the senior team. I feel like that group is developing as we get to know each other better each week. I played with Bohs with the U17s last season and then Shels under Ken. He is a really positive coach, and I learn more and more from him every day, so I am happy to be here.”

Kiernan said: “Savannah is such an intelligent footballer. Working with her at academy level, she was a step ahead all the time.

“Highly motivated in terms of her own development, she has come into senior training and hit the ground running immediately.

“She is a brilliant dribbler and has excellent releasing skills, always finding breaking-line passes for wingers and centre forwards around her.

“Adept at intercepting the ball from the opposition, she sees the game so well. She is such an exciting talented player, and the coaches and senior players are so happy to help her with her development this season.

“She is also a huge Bohs fan, so I know this opportunity means so much to her.”

 

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Striker Alannah McEvoy joins from Shamrock Rovers

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of striker Alannah McEvoy from Shamrock Rovers.

Welcoming Alannah to Dalymount Park, manager Ken Kiernan said: “Alannah has been amazing since coming into the group – her professionalism shone through immediately.

“Having had such a consistent season with Shamrock Rovers in 2023, we were delighted to have her listen to our plan and agree to sign.

“Her movement as an attacking player is unrivalled in the league and her finishing is top class.

“She can play as well off her left as her right foot, and this gives her an edge in the final third. She has a brilliant work-rate off the ball, and has an incredible will to win.

“Involved in the tour of America before the World Cup with the Irish senior team, Alannah has ambitions to be involved this coming season again.

“We look forward to her adding another edge to our attacking unit and scoring and assisting a lot of goals this season. A brilliant character and although still only 22, she has already been a brilliant role model for the players around her.”

 

 

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Lisa Murphy and Katie Malone re-sign for 2024

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm Lisa Murphy and Katie Malone have re-signed for the 2024 season.

Manager Ken Kiernan said: “Lisa was a key player for Bohs last year, playing 95% of minutes. Immediately it was evident how important to the fabric of the group she would be again this season.

“We are three weeks into pre-season now and she has thrived in training. Leading constantly by example in our practices, her will to win everything is infectious.

“She’s been an amazing role model to the younger players we have recruited so far.

“An excellent 1v1 defender with an incredible range of pass, I think Lisa will score some important goals this season for Bohemians off set pieces.

“Katie is such an athlete, shows incredible stenght to hold off defenders when looking to spin in behind or link play.

“Katie will be a brilliant trigger for how we want to defend without the ball, she simply gives no opposition player time in possession, she is hungry to constantly improve and score goals.

“She has been amazing to work with so far. Alan Murphy, my assistant, has been working closely with her on her game and in a couple of weeks she has taken huge strides.

“She is a brilliant character on and off the pitch, and has a big season ahead for her.”

Bohemian FC confirms signings of Estonian internationals Martin Miller and Michael Lilander

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Estonian internationals Martin Miller and Michael Lilander on multi-year deals.

Defender Lilander, 26, and midfielder Miller, also 26, join from Flora Tallinn.

Manager Declan Devine said: “Martin and Michael have been on our radar for a number of months. They bring tremendously versatility in areas where we felt we had to strengthen. They also bring great experience – from playing in European games, winning leagues and playing at international level.

“Michael can play in multiple positions across the back four. He has played for both Flora Tallinn and Estonia at left-back, right-back and centre-back. He is a very technical and attack-minded full-back, and he is someone we certainly feel will add competition and real quality to our defensive unit.

“Again, Martin is a player with great experience. He has 31 international caps, has played at a very high level and has five league titles under his belt. He is a very attack-minded midfield player, as people here may remember from him scoring twice against Shamrock Rovers in Europe before.

“He is a real high-level performer who I feel will really enhance our group. We have a lot of talent and quality in our squad, and we want to make sure that any player we bring in this window will make us better, and these two players certainly will.”

They are the fourth and fifth new signings of the closed season following the arrivals of fellow Estonian Sten Reinkort, and Dubliners Rob Cornwall and Dayle Rooney, bringing the number of first-team players signed for 2024 to 20.

Devine said: “We could have filled our squad quickly at the start of the closed season, and we could have gone after players that other clubs have gone after. But from day one, we have wanted to bring in the right players to the club, and improve what we have already.

“This time last year, we needed to move players on from the club who had only been here for a short period of time. We need to learn from that – I only want to bring in players who make us better. Otherwise you are only filling jerseys or filling your bench, or denying some of the quality young players we have coming through our academy an opportunity.

“We have a very strong nucleus in our squad – players who know the league. I class Jordan Flores as an adopted Irishman, James Akintunde has been in Ireland for years, likewise now for Declan McDaid. And right through our squad, we have a strong Dublin core – players like Rob Cornwall, Paddy Kirk, Danny Grant, James Clarke, Adam McDonnell, James McManus and Dylan Connolly.

“So we are very fortunate that we have that spine here already, and it is important not to look past that, as the club were strategic in signing those players down to longer deals than would have been given out before to give us strong foundations to build on.

“The reality is that to add extra quality to the group this window, we have had to look beyond the league, and that can take time. There are more players tied down at clubs in this league on long-term deals than ever before, so the pool of players familiar to the league and to our supporters that would improve our squad has been limited compared to what it would have been in previous off-seasons.

“So we have worked extremely hard over the closed season to identify players outside the league who could really add to the group. I certainly feel that these two signings will do that.

“We have a squad of 20 players, and we are working on avenues to add more, and we will. I know people get frustrated when signings take a bit longer than they might have expected, but the work that is going on here has been non-stop. Myself, Pat Fenlon and the rest of the staff have been strongly supported by the club in our efforts to get the right players in, and we have people watching games and travelling to games all over the place.

“We will add further to the squad, but we are delighted with the quality of players we have here, and anyone we bring in must be of the quality that they will be pushing to start the first game of the season.”

Bohs continued their pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw against St Patrick’s Athletic behind closed doors yesterday, with Nickson Okosun on target.

Devine added: “We were dominant in the game in the opening period, and made a raft of changes in the 65th minute. St Pat’s scored somewhat against the run of play.

“Six or seven of our younger players came off the bench for the last 20 minutes, and really excelled.

“Nickson getting a goal today was just reward for the boy because I think he has a big future. He certainly has the ability and potential to be involved for us this season.

“To get the goal was fantastic, but there were some really high performances for us today, especially from Paddy Kirk, Jordan Flores, Rob Cornwall and Adam McDonnell in particular. They were outstanding.”

First-team players signed for 2024 so far (20): James Akintunde, Keith Buckley, Cian Byrne, James Clarke, Dylan Connolly, Robert Cornwall, Luke Dennison, Jordan Flores,  Danny Grant, Paddy Kirk, Bartlomiej Kukulowicz, Michael Lilander, James McManus, Declan McDaid, Adam McDonnell, Martin Miller, Nickson Okosun, Sten Reinkort, Dayle Rooney, James Talbot.

Sarah Power joins from Treaty United

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of defender Sarah Power from Treaty United.

Power rejoins the club having previously lined out for the Bohs U17s in 2020. She spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons with Peamount United before making her big breakthrough at senior level with Treaty last season.

Power said: “When the opportunity comes to sign for a club like Bohs, who are very established in both the men’s and women’s leagues, it’s one you can’t really turn down.

“Being at the club in the past, I know the structure, and I am just really happy to be here.

“Ken Kiernan has been brilliant from the conversations we have had. The main thing for me is that I like to play football on the floor, and that is one of the main things Ken – that we want to play football working out from the back, which really drew me in.

“He was open about what his goals for the season are, and that made the decision to join really easy for me. I want to push myself as far as I can go, and try and improve week by week, match by match.

“We all want to push as far as we can in the league this season, push against the big teams and hopefully bring silverware back to the club.”

Manager Kiernan said: “Sarah was one of the most impressive defenders I watched last season

“She is an incredible reader of the game, shows brilliant anticipation and concentration in games, and is super fit and quick.

“She is technically excellent with a brilliant ability to step in to commit opponents to beat a press, or play breaking line-passes through the first and second line.

“An amazing attitude and willingness to impress, Sarah will be an brilliant addition to Bohemians.”

 

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Aoibhe Fleming joins from Shamrock Rovers

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Ireland U19 international Aoibhe Fleming from Shamrock Rovers.

A product of the Peamount Academy where she won the U19 league title, Fleming can play in defence or midfield, and spent the second half of last season impressing on loan at Treaty United.

Fleming said: “I am delighted to be signing for Bohs today. It is a very prestigious club and I am hoping I can bring something to the team this year.

“I think the experience from the international teams has given me skills in how to deal with high pressure situations. I am going to experience that in the league this year with Bohs, and hopefully I can be successful and will be able to help in any way I can.

“Ken Kiernan is a great communicator from my first impressions of him, and has set out his goals for the season. He wants to promote an environment where we play good football, and to be successful when doing that.

“There is a great crew here. Everybody has been very welcoming and very encouraging, and I am excited to get working with them this season.”

Manager Ken Kiernan said: “Aoibhe can play as a centre back or centre midfield and is an extremely versatile player with an excellent game understanding. Dynamic and forward thinking, she possesses a calmness beyond her years

“Another highly technical player who is brilliant at breaking lines with a range of pass or by dribbling, she is excellent at sensing danger and winning back the ball.

“Aoibhe is highly ambitious and we look forward to working with her this season.”

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