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UCD release details of new-look squad ahead of First Division return

Fri, Feb 14 2020

First Division UCD have confirmed details of their new-look squad for the 2020 League of Ireland First Division campaign.

The Students suffered the ignominy of relegation last term after their squad was decimated in the summer months by a string of high-profile player departures.

Former boss Collie O’Neill was soon relieved of his duties after the 10-1 defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount Park – and caretaker Maciej Tarnogrodzki was unable to steer the Students to safety.

During the off-season, UCD moved to appoint a successor to the throne at the Bowl – with former Drogheda United forward Andy Myler entrusted with the role as new UCD boss.

And after a disappointing Collingwood Cup performance, the Students have confirmed details of their squad for 2020.

Exciting forward Colm Whelan joins the club from Waterford, while fellow attacking option Michael O’Keane links up from Bohemians.

Meanwhile, former Finn Harps and Republic of Ireland under-19 international defender Michael Gallagher joins.

Goalkeeper Lorcan Healy and defender Abdel Babiker have both been promoted from the club’s Leinster Senior League set-up.

Squad in full

Goalkeepers: Lorcan Healy, Matthew Treanor & Eoin O’Sullivan.

Defenders: Michael Gallagher, Evan Osam, Harry McEvoy, Josh Collins, Luke Boore, Isaac Akinsete, Abdel Babiker, Mark Dignam & Evan Weir.

Midfielders: Liam Kerrigan, Jack Keaney, Ciaran Behan, Dara Keane, Paul Doyle & Evan Farrell.

Forwards: Yoyo Mahdy, Colm Whelan, Sean McDonald, Michael O’Keane & Danu Kinsella Bishop.