THE impending link-up of Premier Division Bohemians and the North Dublin Schoolboy League is one of the worst kept secrets in the game but it's a move that has all the hallmarks of being an overwhelming success.
The deal will see Bohemians schoolboys play out of the NDSL for season 2013/14 but the access to top class Bohs coaches as well as a development pathway is certain to have other leagues sitting up and taking notice.
Bohemians have shown that they intend to be proactive and a recruitment drive to sign up Little Bohs fans was a feature of the recent NDSL finals with stickers, hats, pens and lapel badges all given out freely over the weekend of the finals.
First team manager Aaron Callaghan was a welcome visitor to the Coolock facility to witness the finals over the weekend but also to see the superb work that is ongoing at the facility.
"You'd have to be impressed and it's great to see the young kids being so well catered for on finals day. I'm sure the memories will live with the players for the rest of their lives."
Bohemians directors were also welcomed to the finals by CEO Tony Gains who revealed an official announcement will be made in the next 10 days.