DYLAN CONNOLLY JOINS ON MULTI-YEAR DEAL

Dylan Connolly - Pic by Paddy Kirk

Bohemian Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Dylan Connolly on a multi-year contract.

The winger joins from English League One side Morecambe and returns to Dalymount Park 11 years after making his first senior appearance in football with Bohs, and has made just shy of 300 appearances in senior football since with clubs in Ireland, England and Scotland.

The 27-year-old is the eighth new arrival ahead of the new season following the signings of Keith Buckley, Paddy Kirk, Adam McDonnell, James Akintunde, Dean Williams, Grant Horton and Luke Dennison, while academy graduate Cian Byrne has been promoted to the first team.

Welcoming Connolly back to Dalymount Park, manager Declan Devine said:

“Dylan has a wealth of experience and has played for some top clubs in England and Scotland as well as knowing what this league is all about.

“He has a brilliant pedigree and will bring great pace and attacking power to the team. I believe he will be a major threat in attack and that he is a player who will really excite our supporters.

“He was really keen to come home and sign for Bohs, has signed a long-term deal and really buys into what we are trying to build here.

“I am delighted to get him on board and we are looking forward to strengthening defensively in the next week or two also.”

Connolly said: “I am really excited back where it all started for me. Bohs is where I made my debut and I have a great affinity for the club.

“I have had good experiences in football over in England and I hope that I can use that to help some of the younger players coming through at the club too.

“A lot has changed at the club since my last time here but it’s great to see the likes of Keith Buckley and Derek Pender again today who were here when I was only coming through as a kid.

“I am really looking forward to working with them and the whole group. It’s a really good group – an exciting one.

“I was buzzing to see the set-up in DCU today – it’s a brilliant facility and I can’t wait to get cracking now.”

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