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Keith playing Long game with Bohs


Dawson Devoy. Photo: Sportsfile

Dawson Devoy. Photo: Sportsfile

Dawson Devoy. Photo: Sportsfile

Bohemians have pulled off a coup by agreeing terms with teenage star Dawson Devoy to keep him at Dalymount Park next season.

But Bohs boss Keith Long admits there will be departures from the club over the close season, with right back Andy Lyons admitting that it's time for him to spread his wings and try his luck cross-channel.

While Saturday's disappointing home loss to Finn Harps ended any chance they had of taking the title away from new champions Shamrock Rovers, there was some good news over the weekend. Dundalk's defeat to Waterford confirmed that Bohs will finish as runners-up to a Rovers side who will receive the trophy after tomorrow's game at home to Derry City.

Midfielder Devoy only turns 19 next month but the Meath native has made waves in the Bohs side this season with 10 league appearances, form that has attracted cross-channel interest. But Long has persuaded the St Kevin's Boys product to stay on.

"We have Dawson signed up and that's great for us as a club," says Long.

"We have a number committed for next season already, it's important that our best young players remain and they can see they can fulfil their ambitions here. But we can't do that with performances like Saturday against Finn Harps.

"Winners turn up every week, it's not a case of picking and choosing your moments to play."