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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dalyer move is Evan sent for new signing Adam as Cork loom

DUBLINER Adam Evans has seen a long line of players rebuild their careers in the League of Ireland after unfruitful spells across the water.

And the 20-year-old hopes that his move back home, to play for Bohemians, can see his career get moving and reach the heights he dreamed of when he left Dublin and moved to England as a 16-year-old.

The Gypsies have eased the pressure by going on something of a goal spree recently, scoring 12 goals in the last five games, a big improvement on a previous spell where they managed a measly three goals in nine league games, all scored by Jason Byrne. But as the Gypsies aim for a double cup run in the second half of the season - Owen Heary's side are into the next round of the FAI Cup and the last four of the EA Sports Cup - boss Owen Heary was keen to add something up front, so he made former Burnley and Inverness man Adam Evans his main summer signing.

Evans has yet to play a competitive game and will have to settle for a place on the bench as joint league leaders Cork City (and the live TV cameras) come to Dalymount Park tonight - but Evans has big plans and big aims.

"I have had a couple of years across the water and I still want to make the grade in England, so hopefully a move to Bohs could be the start of something great for me," Evans said.

"I have seen lads like Matt Doherty recently go on and do well in England after being with Bohs. I am not a kid any more, I am 20 now and I need to get games and experience under my belt and I hope that can happen at Bohemians.

"I'd have seen a lot of Bohs games when I was younger as they were the closest club to where I grew up, so I had an idea what the League of Ireland was like. But it was only when I got down here and started training that I realised how high the standard was. The intensity in training is something else and I have players like Jason Byrne, who has played for Ireland, around me and I can only learn from them."

Evans, who played his schoolboy football with Belvedere, began his cross-channel career with Burnley and while he made progress initially, his face didn't fit for new manager Sean Dyche and he was released. Inverness Caledonian Thistle was his next move and he did well, making two appearances, but was allowed leave at the end of last season. Bohs expressed their interest and a contract was signed, with Evans making appearances so far in friendlies against Dundee United and Wolves. "I hope I can get into the team and help the team do well, we want to finish as high up the table as we can and win at least one of the cups," Evans says.

Cork City, who have dropped points in just one of their last nine games, provide a tough test for Bohs at home tonight, Cork hoping to go ahead of Dundalk on points, though they did have a scare at home to UCD last week.

"I'm hoping that the UCD game last week might act as a bit of a kick to us, to make sure we don't get carried away and realise that you need to put in a massive performance in every game to make sure you win. We've got to the top of the table by putting in those performances and we can't afford not to get a result tonight," says Cork boss John Caulfield.

"We are into the last thirteen games now; they are coming thick and fast, and after this week we have a number of home games, so it is important for us to stay in there."

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