Fenlon bolsters Bohs ranks after FAI cash go-ahead
BOHEMIANS have officially completed the signing of seven new players after their budget for the 2010 season was finally approved by the FAI.
The Gypsies had to produce extra paperwork after FAI authorities requested clarification with respect to some of the figures involved.
After receiving that documentation, the FAI have given the green light to the league champions. Manager Pat Fenlon has made considerable changes to the squad in the off season as the Gypsies target a third successive title.
That meant Bohs could register their new players in addition to ratifying new deals with existing members of the squad. Fenlon has added goalkeepers Barry Murphy and Chris O'Connor from Shamrock Rovers and Bray respectively, in addition to Derry trio Stephen Gray, Ruaidhri Higgins and Gareth McGlynn, St Pat's striker Mark Quigley and Sligo front man Raffaele Cretaro. The new arrivals have been training with Bohs since January 15, and they head off on a pre-season trip to Spain next week.
Fenlon has also been in discussions with ex-Galway winger Aaron Greene and remains in contact with the out-of-contract Joseph Ndo, who is considering options in Belgium. However, the Gypsies have no room in their budget for further additions, but are conscious that Greene -- a target for Peterborough amongst other UK clubs -- could have a sell-on value.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth's Irish defender Marc Wilson, who has profited from the uncertain situation at the club by making over 20 first-team appearances this season, has agreed a new three-and-a-half-year contract.
Wilson, who was linked with Celtic last week, says that he couldn't be happier. "I've always wanted to stay at Pompey," he said, "This is my seventh year here and I really enjoy it.
"The fans are great and I couldn't imagine playing anywhere else. I've really enjoyed playing first-team football this season and learning from some very experienced players."