Derin Adewale

B/dropcap]ohemian FC can confirm that Derwin Adewale has joined Serie A club Lecce for an undisclosed fee.

Having joined from St Kevin’s Boys, the left-back has progressed right through the Bohemians academy system, becoming a regular for the U19s, and winning the Enda McGuill Cup last year.

He made his first-team debut as a substitute against Sligo Rovers last November, and also started for the first team in Leinster Senior Cup wins against Crumlin United and Shelbourne this season.

Adewale said: “I would like to say a massive thanks to everyone at Bohemians – from all the staff to the players – for all the amazing memories and experiences I’ve had with you on and off the pitch, and for playing a huge role in my development both as a player and a person.

“The club has been like a second family to me, and I’ll always cherish the time we spent together. As I am moving on now, I’ll never forget the support and love you’ve shown me and I will have a special place in my heart for this club.

“I’d also like to thank all my coaches over the years, Trevor Croly and Carl Grehan, for the work they put in with me this season. Also a huge thank-you to Seán L’Estrange and Patrick Kavanagh and of course Craig Sexton for the faith and time they put into me. Once again, thank you for everything.”

Bohemians Head of Academy Craig Sexton said: “We are very proud of Derin making a move to a Serie A club.He has been at the club for a number of years now and has worked extremely hard, both on his football and his education.

“He is leaving on the back of a really good Leaving Cert too, and this is now a huge opportunity for him. We all wish him really well and the very best of luck. We hope to see him progress now and hope that he has a really fruitful career.

“He is another player who has come through our pathway and is another player who the club have helped in terms of a dual career of football and education, which we believe is really important in bringing the best players through and supporting them along the way.”


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