Keith Buckley celebrates at the final whistle 17/8/2018

Bohemians are delighted to announce Keith Buckley has signed a new deal to remain at the club next season.

Buckley, 26, has amassed 182 league appearances in two spells with the Gypsies.

He broke into the first team under Pat Fenlon at the start of the 2011 season and soon endeared himself to supporters when the then 19-year-old scored in his first-ever Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers.

He departed for a season-long stint with Bray Wanderers in 2017 but returned ahead of the 2018 season and quickly re-established himself as a firm fans’ favourite.

Buckley said: “I had actually agreed things for next season with Keith Long a few weeks ago but then I went travelling for a month so I’m glad to finally sign officially.

“It’s an exciting place to be at and there is a great buzz around the place. You appreciate what we have here as a club and with our supporters even more having been away for the year.”

Bohs have lost some senior personnel this closed season but Buckley sees that as a chance for him to evolve further as a player and to also help and encourage younger players who have been added to Long’s side for next season.

He said: “I personally want to push on. I’m still only 26 but I’ve played over 180 times for Bohs and over 200 games in the league, so I feel that I can have a lot to offer with my experience.

“We’ve lost a couple of experienced players, which is obviously a blow, so it’s up to the likes of myself to push on further and help fill that void.

“While we’ve lost players, we’ve brought in some really exciting ones too.

“Keith has a great eye for a young player and he’s shown that over the last few seasons. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can continue to progress as a team under him.

“Obviously it will take a while to for players to settle in. You look at when Dan Casey when he came in mid-season in 2017, it took him a while to get up to speed.

“Darragh Leahy came in last season, didn’t really know the league at the start and then went on to have an amazing season for us.

“So it can take a while and we all have to be patient at the start but players will improve if given time.

“To be honest I’m a bit jealous of the young lads coming here! I’d love to be 18 or 19 again and coming in and learning from Keith and Trevor Croly.

“Trevor breaks things down and makes the game so simple for you and everything is so professional. I’ve learnt so much from him in training in only a year and I’m still learning.

“Learning from them here at 18 or 19 is a great place to be for any player and it will stand to them and the team.”

Signed for 2019: Andy Lyons, Cristian Magerusan, Conor Levingston, Daniel Grant, Daniel Mandroiu, Darragh Leahy, Derek Pender, Dinny Corcoran, James Finnerty, James Talbot, Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Michael Barker, Niall Corbet, Paddy Kirk, Promise Omochere, Rob Cornwall, Robbie McCourt, Ryan Graydon, Ryan Swan.

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