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Boss Long gears up for Bohs challenge

NEW Bohemians boss Keith Long has started work on building a squad for next season - and his first task is to try and keep on board the highly-rated members of the 2014 panel.

Bohs yesterday confirmed that Dubliner Long will take over from Owen Heary at Dalymount Park for 2015, the third managerial post for the 40-year-old after previous spells with Bray Wanderers and Athlone. "We will hit the ground running and we can't waste any time. I need to look at a few things but a priority will be to keep the players we want from last season," Long told The Herald.

"It's to be expected that some will leave but there is a lot of talent here and I want to build on the work that was done, and I would love to see Jason Byrne stay on, I have worked with Jason before and there are more goals in him." Eoin Wearen is due on trial at League One side Sheffield United while Heary has already stated his desire to bring winger Kevin Devaney - a Sligo native - back to the Showgrounds.

Athlone have since confirmed the appointment of Eddie Wallace as Long's replacement for next season.

Meanwhile, Galway FC take on UCD at home tonight hoping to secure promotion back to the Premier Division, Galway leading 2-1 from the away leg of their playoff. "We hope there's a huge crowd," Galway boss Tommy Dunne says. "Our hard work over the year has generated this occasion and we want to be going home happy and in the Premier Division. We're desperate for it."