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Shelley and Gray to give legal stance public airing

BRIAN SHELLEY and Steven Gray, the two Bohemians players who are taking legal action against the club over unpaid wages, will explain their actions in a press conference tomorrow.

The defensive pair haven't been paid since November, and last week lodged a petition to wind up Bohemians on the basis that the Phibsborough club are unable to pay their debts.

They are among a group of nine players contracted to Bohs who have gone almost two full months without wages. There were 10 in the group but Paul Keegan signed for Doncaster, although it's believed he will still receive some of what he is owed when the others come to an agreement.

A statement from the PFAI yesterday confirmed that Shelley and Gray will explain their stance at FAI HQ in Abbotstown, and added that they have the support of the other players at the club.

They are confident that the other seven players, who shied away from going down the legal route, will flank Shelley and Gray at the press conference as a show of support.

Meanwhile, St Patrick's Athletic have confirmed the signing of Daryl Kavanagh, the outstanding player for Ireland at last week's FIFPRO tournament for out-of-work professionals in Norway.

Kavanagh has led a colourful life, and entered rehab last year after acknowledging his difficulties with drink and drugs, and a troubled past which included a conviction for attempted robbery.

Unsurprisingly, with those off-field vices, his League of Ireland career with Cobh Ramblers and Waterford United was of the stop-start variety.

Now, he's targeting a fresh start, and his recent dedication was rewarded when judges voted Kavanagh the most impressive performer from the Irish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish selections in Oslo.

He did have an option in Norway, but Saints boss Pete Mahon moved quickly to bring Kavanagh to Dublin, believing he can keep the midfielder on the straight and narrow.

"We've gone to a lot of effort to sign him but I feel he is the kind of player that will definitely enhance our squad," Mahon said yesterday.

Barry Conlon is keen on a move to the League of Ireland as the next step in his colourful career.

The well-travelled striker has scored over 100 goals in the English Football League, but is currently looking for a club after a brief stint with Stockport ended last month.

Monaghan-born Conlon (32) failed to settle at Stockport and also struggled with injuries this term.

Having started his career at QPR, the physical frontman represented a further 13 clubs in the lower leagues, with notable spells at Manchester City, Darlington and Bradford.

Irish Independent