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Bolger back to boost Pat's at Oriel

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC boss Liam Buckley will call on Greg Bolger's Oriel Park expertise tonight, as the former Dundalk man faces his former club.

Buckley expressed his pleasure at the return of midfielder Bolger, who missed last week's Premier Division opener against Bray due to suspension.

"It's great to have Greg Bolger back from suspension, but unfortunately now Jake Kelly is missing along with Christy (Fagan)," said Buckley.

"Aidan Price is in training and is another couple of weeks away, but otherwise we've a full squad."

Bolger admitted he did not expect to make such a quick return to Oriel Park, while commenting on the threat the Lilywhites pose.


"It's ironic alright that it's my first game, but I'm just delighted to be back available to play, regardless who the opposition is," he said.

"The whole starting team from last year is more or less gone, apart from Peter Cherrie, Mark Griffin and Stephen McDonnell, really. But I know of the younger lads, and I've worked with Seán McCaffrey and Darius Kearns before so I know it'll be a tough game."

While emphasising that Dundalk will be tough opponents, Bolger was quick to add that starting every week for the Saints will be no easy task as he looks to make his first league appearance.

"I'm just hoping that I'll be playing after missing the game last week, I don't want to be sitting in the stand," he said. "But the squad is big and there's great competition for every position.

"We're all trying to make each other better players and it's really competitive in training."