Bohemians are delighted to confirm that academy graduate James McManus has signed a 3½-year deal with the club.

The midfielder, 17, played his schoolboy football with St Kevin’s Boys and has progressed through the Bohs-SKB underage League of Ireland teams right through to the Bohemians U19s and first team.

McManus has captained his country at underage level and has featured for Ireland right up to U19 level so far.

He was first included in a Bohemians first-team matchday squad in a win over Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup in August of last year, and made his first-team debut off the bench in a 3-0 win over UCD in April this year.

Congratulating McManus on his first professional contract, first-team manager Keith Long said: “I am very pleased that James has committed his future and long-term development to the club.

“It is important that we maintain our commitment to our best young players transitioning to the senior team and ensure that they have a platform to progress in the game.

“James is everything that you look for in a player – he is highly professional, and has a good work ethic and great attitude to go along with his talent and ability.

“At 17 years of age, he has a great future ahead of him.

“He has been not only recognised with a new contract from the club but also at underage international level right up to U19 level so far, and has captained his country as well.”

Bohemians Head of Academy Craig Sexton said: “James is an absolute joy to work with on a day-to-day basis.

“His application, quality and attitude not only make him a very good player with high potential, but a great person too.

“He is a player we would see as being a role model for future academy players.

“We are excited to see him develop over the next number of years with the club and we feel he is deserving of this commitment from the club.”


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