Keith Long welcomes the return of 'explosive' Kevin Devaney to Dalymount Park

Wed, Dec 06 2017

Devaney spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons with Bohemians before returning to his native Sligo. Credit: Extratime Team

Bohemians continue to build ahead of the 2018 season with the announcement of a further three signings, including the return of winger Kevin Devaney from Galway United.


Midfielders Philip Gannon and Ian Morris – who doubles as the club's youth development officer – have also signed up as Keith Long's squad for the coming year swells to 21.


27-year-old Devaney arrives for a second spell at Dalymount Park having previously spent two seasons with the Gypsies between 2012 and 2014, scoring five times in 56 league appearances.


The Sligo native began his career with his hometown club before joining Finn Harps midway through the 2011 season.


2015 saw him following manager Owen Heary back to Sligo Rovers but after a year at the Showgrounds he once again upped sticks as he joined Galway United.


“Unfortunately Kevin moved to Sligo with Owen Heary before I joined the club so I never got a chance to work with him,” Keith Long told the club's official website.


“He’s an explosive player – he did some damage against us for Galway this year – and gives us pace and options out wide.


“I’m really looking forward to working with him.”


30-year-old Morris has signed on for his third season with Bohs having joined from Glenavon midway through the 2016 season.


The former Irish under-21 international had a successful career in the lower leagues in England with Blackpool, Scunthorpe United, Torquay United and Northampton Town.


The onetime Leeds United trainee returned to Ireland in the summer of 2015 and joined St Patrick's Athletic, and memorably scored the winning penalty in an EA Sports Cup semi-final at Shamrock Rovers.


He spent the latter part of the 2015/16 Northern Irish league season with Glenavon before returning south to link up with Bohemians in the summer.


Long said: “Morro is a player with vast experience and someone gives us great leadership. You can trust him playing in several positions, which is really important for us.”


21-year-old Gannon joined from Longford Town ahead of the 2017 season after returning from a spell with the West Bromwich Albion academy in 2015.


“Because he’s been around the division a couple of years, sometimes people forget Philly’s still only a young boy,” Long said.


“There’s lots of development to come. He has had his ups and downs but we feel as a backroom team that we’ve seen signs of great potential.”


Bohemians' squad for 2018 now numbers 21: Oscar Brennan, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Rob Cornwall, Kevin Devaney, Philip Gannon, Jamie Hamilton, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, JJ Lunney, Cristian Magerusan, Colin McCabe, Eoghan Morgan, Ian Morris, Derek Pender, Fuad Sule, Shane Supple, Warren O’Hora, Keith Ward, John Ross Wilson.