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Lots of talent among new Bray Wanderers squad

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Hughie Douglas is one of the 19-man squad assembled by Pat Devlin at the Carlisle Grounds.

Hughie Douglas is one of the 19-man squad assembled by Pat Devlin at the Carlisle Grounds.

Hughie Douglas is one of the 19-man squad assembled by Pat Devlin at the Carlisle Grounds.

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In 37 days, Bray Wanderers will begin their 2022 League of Ireland campaign.

There may be new owners, there may be new management and there may be new players, but the aim remains the same; win the First Division.

Pat Devlin has assembled 19 first-team squad members thus far, with 11 joining from Cabinteely’s 2021 squad and three of Bray’s 2021 squad remaining (two re-signed, one on pre-existing deal).

More additions are no doubt forthcoming, but the squad assembled thus far is promising with the likes of Hugh Douglas, Conor Clifford, Rob Manley, Kurtis Byrne and Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters – to name just a few - sure to grace any squad in the second tier.

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Pre-season friendlies will be coming thick and fast soon and that could be where ‘Devo’ makes decisions on certain players and whether or not they’re worthy of a spot in his squad. A number of Bray’s 2021 contingent remain unattached and would surely be welcomed back again by Seagulls fans.

Brian Maher and Brandon Kavanagh have both signed on with Derry City, while Dylan Barnett, Ryan Graydon, Dan Jones, Darren Craven and Sam Verdon have followed Gary Cronin to Longford Town.

Andrew Quinn’s fantastic 2021 has earned him a move to top flight Drogheda, while Luka Lovic has joined Ian Ryan’s exciting Wexford FC.

With Conor Clifford, Callum Thompson and Darragh Lynch already secured for Carlisle Grounds action in 2022, that leaves Aaron Barry, Mark Byrne, Joe Doyle, Gary Shaw, Richie O’Farrell, Sean Callan, Steven Kinsella and Kian Clarke unattached.

Devo’s squad certainly don’t look light in attack presently, but you would imagine the likes of Barry and O’Farrell would be welcomed with open arms.

It looks set to be a fascinating First Division campaign. Cork City look set to be a different beast this time around, Wexford FC will be unrecognisable in comparison to the early stages of 2021, Gary Cronin is back at Longford and Galway and Waterford are both amassing very interesting squads.

The last few pieces of the jigsaw could be key for Bray. Devo has some excellent players in his panel, but he knows 19 players don’t win you a league title. You need a big squad – in these Covid times more than ever.

With a new crest and a new jersey set to be announced shortly, it is an exciting time for the new-look Bray Wanderers.

Bray Wanderers 2022: Stephen McGuinness, Jack Hudson, Hugh Douglas, Daniel Blackbyrne, Kevin Knight, Conor Knight, Eoin Massey, Oscar Brennan, Conor Clifford, Callum Thompson, Keith Dalton, Paul Fox, Villius Labutis, Zak O’Neill, Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters, Kurtis Byrne, Rob Manley, Ben Feeney, Darragh Lynch.


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