Monday 15 October 2018

Bolton could scupper LOI big guns' Daniel Kelly move

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Late-developer Kelly has taken the League of Ireland by storm this year. Photo by Tom Beary/Sportsfile
Late-developer Kelly has taken the League of Ireland by storm this year. Photo by Tom Beary/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk, Cork City and Shamrock Rovers are all keen on Bohemians surprise package Daniel Kelly.

But their attempts to sign the flying winger could be thwarted by Championship side Bolton Wanderers who are interested in taking a look at the Dubliner.

Late-developer Kelly has taken the League of Ireland by storm this year after making the step up from Leinster Senior League level.

He signed for Bray Wanderers last winter and their financial difficulties led to his mid-season switch to Bohemians where he has starred as a right-sided attacking threat.

The Gypsies are desperate to keep hold of their new hero but he is attracted by the prospect of a move into full-time football.

League champions Dundalk are interested in the 22-year-old, while Shamrock Rovers are also monitoring his situation.

Kelly destroyed Cork in a league game last month with a brace that really put him on the map and John Caulfield would like to speak to the player, although geography often works against the Leesiders when they compete for individuals in the Dublin market.

However, the League of Ireland sides could all miss out if Bolton follow through on their curiosity with Kelly's speed the main reason that he's come onto their radar.

Bohs' part-time status means they are vulnerable to raids from other clubs and manager Keith Long could face a frustrating off-season.

Monday's FAI Cup defeat in Cork was a bitter disappointment for Bohs and suspensions for Kelly and centre-half Dan Casey stiffened their task.

Caulfield also rates Casey and left-back Darragh Leahy but will face competition if they try to tempt them down south.

Leahy has been non-committal on his Bohs future and is firmly in Dundalk's sights, although they are strong in that area with Dane Massey expected to sign a new deal and Dean Jarvis a high-quality back-up.

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny last night dropped another hint that he would like the club's American owners to upgrade Oriel Park.

He referenced inadequate facilities as one of the problems faced by the league in an interview with 'Off The Ball'.

"Stadiums - our own at Dundalk for example - are nowhere near good enough and these are things that hold us back," said Kenny.

The 46-year-old admitted that he would have long-term ambitions to manage Ireland, but dismissed it as a short-term talking point given that Martin O'Neill is in the job.

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