Bohemians are delighted to announce the signings of midfielder Conor Levingston and goalkeeper James Talbot.
Both have represented Ireland at youth level all the way up to U19s and come to Dalymount Park after five years at Wolves and Sunderland respectively.
As well as the new arrivals, defender/midfielder Robbie McCourt and striker Cristian Magerusan have signed new deals to remain for the 2019 season.
Wexford man Levingston, 20, said: “Bohs is a massive club and I’m looking forward to getting going. This is a club with a great fanbase and the potential here is brilliant.
“I like to see myself as a box-to-box midfielder, hopefully I can score a few goals too.
“I’m competitive. I’ve watched the boys in the Cup semi-final and I was really impressed with what I saw.
“Hopefully I can add to that and hopefully we can go one step further. Everyone wants to win trophies and we want to aim for Europe.”
Welcoming Levingston and 21-year-old Finglas man Talbot to the club, manager Keith Long said: “These are the kind of players we want.
“We want to work with young, talented players who are hungry to show people what they can do.
“I’m delighted Conor has come in. He’s a young boy with a good pedigree, good standards and good habits having been a professional with Wolves
“He’s ambitious. He’s had a good schoolboy international career and has played U23s for Wolves.
“He’s a new and exciting talent and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“James gives us a different profile as a goalkeeper. I believe he will come in and prove to be a very good acquisition for us.
“He’d five years’ schooling at Sunderland. He’s extremely talented and he’s a local boy too.
“There were high hopes for James at Sunderland where he came through with Jordan Pickford. He’s hungry to come in and prove himself.”
Long was disappointed to lose some members of his 2018 squad last week, with Dan Casey departing for Cork City, while Ian Morris left to take the managerial reins at Shelbourne where he made former team-mate Dan Byrne one of his first signings.
Long said: “It’s no secret that we didn’t want to lose Dan Casey. Morro has gone for other reasons – he’s got career ambitions to be a coach, to be a manager and on a personal level, I wish him well.
“We’ve lost Dan Byrne, who feels he needs to being playing, and JJ Lunney to Waterford before that too so there is obviously an element of change once again amongst the squad.
“It’s difficult when the likes of Cork and Waterford come in for players given the resources they have behind them.
“We wanted to try and keep as much of the squad as we could together.
“We’re talking to others at the club and from outside as well. We’ve deals agreed in principle with some that we’re not quite in a position to announce yet and others on holidays but we’ll hopefully have more news in the near future but I’m delighted add Robbie and Cristian to the list of players we’ve retained.”
A product of St Kevin’s Boys, highly-rated 20-year-old McCourt, a local from Glasnevin, joined Bohs in July from West Brom, while Romania-born Magerusan came through the Bohs U19s.
Long added: “Robbie came back during the summer, has played in a number of positions for us and has showed his versatility.
“He’s played at centre-half at schoolboy level for Ireland and was highly sought-after before going over to the UK.
“I think we can really get the best out of him next season when he’s had a pre-season with us under his belt.
“It can be difficult for players coming in when he did at the tail end of the summer transfer window. But in the games he did play, we saw glimpses of the player he is.
“Cristian’s scored a lot of goals for the U19s when he came back from injury set-backs. He’s sharp around the box. He’s only 19, still has a lot to learn but he’s excellent finisher with great potential.”