Bohemians are delighted to announce the return of Keith Buckley to Dalymount Park.
Buckley, 25, became a fans’ favourite in his seven years with the club between 2010 and 2016 before spending last season with Bray Wanderers.
Welcoming ‘Bucko’ back to the club, manager Keith Long said: “This is a great signing for us.
“It’s no secret that we didn’t want him to leave in the first place.
“He was virtually an ever-present for me before he left, so he is a player and person I hold in high regard.
“With Fuad Sule leaving, he is an excellent fit for us to fill that void.
“They have similarities as players too. They’re both diminutive and combative midfielders.
“Bucko had a great year with Bray but I don’t want to focus too much on the past.
“This is a fresh start for him now and I think he’s more than capable of having an excellent second stint with the club.
“It gives the team and the club as a whole a great boost.”
Buckley too is relishing his return. He will link up with his team-mates at pre-season tomorrow.
He said: “It’s good to be going home – it felt like it was only a matter of time.
“The moment of realisiation for me was going to see Bohs play Dundalk midweek last year.
“Seeing all the fans and the reception I got, seeing legends like Turlough O’Connor in the Jameson Bar and staff like Lynn O’Neill around the place, I realised there was no other place I wanted to be.
“I missed the place so much, but when I went back it was like I never left.
“I tried to go back in the summer, so I’m delighted it’s finally happened.
“The job Keith Long has done at Bohs is incredible. He demands the best of his players and everyone at the club is buying into it.
“There’s a good buzz around Dalymount and I’m delighted that I can be a part of it again.
“I can’t wait to start pre-season and I’ll do anything to be in that line-up on February 16.”
Long now has 24 players under contract at Bohemians for next season: Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Rob Cornwall, Kevin Devaney, Philip Gannon, Jamie Hamilton, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, Darragh Leahy, JJ Lunney, Cristian Magerusan, Colin McCabe, Karl Moore, Eoghan Morgan, Ian Morris, Derek Pender, Shane Supple, Ryan Swan, Warren O’Hora, Keith Ward, John Ross Wilson.
Bohemians Press Release