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Feely hopeful his promising trial will spur Stoke swoop

BOHEMIANS star Kevin Feely hopes that a move to the English Premier League could be on the cards after he had a trial with Stoke City last week.

The 19-year-old has established himself in the Bohs first team this season with form that has attracted cross-channel interest, with Everton and Charlton Athletic among the clubs tracking him.

But Stoke boss Tony Pulis has also been alerted to Kildare lad Feely and invited the defender over to the club last week.

While Stoke didn't put a formal contract offer on the table they have promised to keep tabs on him between now and the end of the League of Ireland season next month.

"Hopefully they will come and see me in the last few Bohs games of the season and see what that leads to but I was happy with how the trial went," Feely told the Herald.

"I went over from Monday to Thursday of last week and it was a good trial, the set-up over there is amazing. I didn't get to play in a game but I had some training sessions. I wasn't really with the first team, I was mainly in with the reserves and U21s but we did have one session with the first team.

"They said it was a pity that I wasn't able to play in a game over there as they like to look at players in a match situation but they promised to come and watch me play for Bohs over the next few weeks and make a decision then," added Feely, who was on the verge of the senior county panel with Kildare before he decided to concentrate on soccer.

"So hopefully something might happen. At the start of this season I wanted to just get my career going and maybe get a few trials abroad, and maybe next year be able to sign full-time with a club somewhere, whether that was in Ireland or abroad.

"England is still the main aim and it would be amazing to get to a Premier League club but if I do end up having another year in Ireland it could be good for me too. But getting a move to England would be a dream come true," added Feely.

The Athy lad made his first league start of the season in a 2-0 defeat by Shelbourne in March and he has now clocked up 20 league appearances for the Gypsies, his most recent outing in Friday's 1-1 draw at home to Cork City where Bohs gained a point thanks to a stunning goal from Feely's central defensive partner Evan McMillan.

"Evan is in brilliant form and he got us out of jail with that goal on Friday," says Feely.