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Committed Callaghan hopes Gypsies stay put

BOHEMIANS boss Aaron Callaghan (pictured) is hoping to agree terms with the club on a new two-year deal, but the Dubliner fears that some of the Gypsies' top stars will not be there to work under him next season.

A season which was difficult off the field for Bohs ends tonight when they take on Drogheda United at Dalymount Park, Bohs still in with a chance of qualification for the Setanta Sports Cup for next season.

Given the trying financial circumstances under which Callaghan and his assistant Owen Heary took over, along with a dismal start to the season which saw them take just one point from the first five league games, survival is being seen as a success for a club which won the league and cup double just four years ago.

But planning ahead is difficult and Callaghan is not in a position to sign up his promising young players. "I'd love to keep them but it's going to be difficult and I can certainly see players like Kevin Feely and Evan McMillan getting a chance to go across the water and play in Britain," says Callaghan.

"There's a lot of interest in Kevin Feely and a couple of Scottish clubs have been mentioned in relation to Evan, I would hate to lose them but I can't stand in the way of a player making progress.

"I had had discussions with the board and we will talk to them again but they need to see where they are in terms of sponsors and their budgets before we can plan ahead.

"I certainly want to stay on and Owen Heary wants to stay here as well, to me a two-year contract would help in terms of continuity and bringing the club forward."

Bohs lost a number of players at the end of last season but Callaghan hopes that youngsters like Luke Byrne, Michael Barker and Dylan Connolly, who made his league debut last weekend, will agree to stay on.

Callaghan may have to field some more of his younger players against Drogheda tonight with up to six first-teamers on the injured list.