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Bohemians sign Andre Wright as Sam Byrne is released

 

Bohemians are delighted to confirm that striker Andre Wright has signed for the club until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

The Englishman, 22, joins after a successful trial period during which he also impressed in the 1-1 friendly against Chelsea 11 days ago.

A product of the West Brom academy, Wright has most recently played for Gloucester City.

Manager Keith Long has worked hard to strengthen his attacking options since first-choice frontman Dinny Corcoran suffered a long-term ankle injury at the end of May.

His options up front had already been curtailed after Cristian Magerusan’s season was ended before it began when he suffered a torn cruciate injury in pre-season training in January.

Long said: “Obviously since Dinny’s been out, our options have been curtailed and it was clear that we needed to strengthen up front.

“Andre has had a number of training sessions with us over the past two weeks and has impressed as he did in the 65 minutes or so he played against Chelsea.

“Ryan Swan needs support up front, it’s his first season playing Premier Division football and he can’t do it all on his own.

“We felt we needed to look further afield than just our own league to bring someone in who could make a difference.

“Andre was someone recommended to us by Alan Caffrey through his contacts in the UK and we did our own research on him.

“It’s obviously a new league to him and a new environment. In terms of where he is fitness-wise, he’s towards the latter part of pre-season so he’s fit, not 100% match fit, but ready to feature in games.

“He’s excited to be here and looking forward to getting started.

“He’s had a few clubs since leaving West Brom so he wants a bit of stability in his career now and is determined to knuckled down and score goals for us between now and the end of the season and we believe he can.”

In recent weeks in particular, Bohs have struggled for goals, firing blanks in games against Derry City, Cork City and UCD.

But the Gypsies ended that barren run in style with a 3-0 derby win against St Patrick’s Athletic, with Swan helping himself to a brace in a man-of-the-match performance.

Long said: “Ryan was fantastic. He works really hard and that’s the best we’ve seen from him in a Bohs jersey yet.

“He had a tough year last season being ruled out for the year but he works extremely hard for himself and the team, so we were delighted with his performance yesterday.”

Bohs can also confirm that with Wright coming in, fellow striker Sam Byrne has been released from his contract.

Long added: “I want to thank Sam for his commitment to the club during his time with us. He needs to be playing games and I wish him all the best both personally and professionally for the future.”

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