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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Bohs have no cash to splash

Evans in but Heary says his hands are tied

OWEN HEARY has warned Bohemians fans not to expect a rash of new arrivals to Dalymount Park.

League of Ireland clubs have started to add to their squads since the window opened on Tuesday, with Cork City making a real statement of intent with the signing of strikers John O'Flynn (Exeter) and Cillian Morrison (UCD).

Bohs have made one addition to the squad, Dubliner Adam Evans returning home to play after spells across the water with Burnley and Inverness Caledonian Thistle and he has been added to the squad for tonight's trip to Limerick while ex-Burnley lad Luke Gallagher is also training with the Gypsies.

But even though five players have left Bohs in recent weeks - midfielder Stephen Traynor quit the club this week due to college and work commitments - that has not freed up some room in Heary's budget to add to the panel.

"Whatever about other clubs we won't be signing five or six new players as the money is just not there," says Heary.

"I would like to add to the squad and I am still looking for another goalkeeper but the budget is very tight. Even with Stephen Traynor leaving that has not made a real difference as he was really only playing for expenses.

"I was sad to see Stephen leave as he has been a great servant to the club for the last four years but he is starting on a Master's degree, to pay for that he needs to be available to work full-time so he can't commit to us for training and matches.

"So we will work with what we have and see if we can have a strong finish to the season," added Heary.

"Adam Evans will give us an added edge up front, he is still working on his fitness as it's a while since he last played a game but he could be involved tonight and I'd like to use the friendlies against Dundee United and Wolves to get him out on the pitch."

Impressed

The Bohs boss was not impressed with his side's first-half display at home to Athlone Town last week, Bohs coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, a game they could have won as Dinny Corcoran missed a late penalty.

"We didn't turn up for the first 50 minutes last week, I think some of the players were still in holiday mode after the mid-season break," says Heary.

"The attitude was a lot better for most of the second half and the main thing is that we didn't lose the game, but we do need our home form to improve."

For Limerick, tonight's home game is a chance to gain revenge for an FAI Cup first-round defeat by Bohs last month.

"It's something that we've spoken about - we're not happy that we're out of the Cup," says Limerick boss Stuart Taylor.

"We've got a good chance to go and rectify things. That's what we're setting out to do, to come away with the three points.

"I felt Bohs were exactly the same in the league and the Cup. They were hard-working, they had a real fight about them and a desire about them to compete.

"In the Cup game, we knew they would come, sit in, be stuffy and try to hit us on the break. That's exactly what they did. We must make sure that we set out our stall.

"We have that plan of how we're going to break them down and also be aware that they don't catch us."

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