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Sunday 4 December 2016

Kelly keen on the Bohemian life

Jake Kelly
Jake Kelly

The much-travelled striker Jake Kelly feels so at home at Bohemians that he has already agreed to spend next season with the Dublin 7 club.

And while he fears that a push for European football for next season is unlikely for Keith Long's side, even if they manage to get a win at home to Dublin rivals St Patrick's Athletic tonight, he's keen to be part of Keith Long's plans.

"Bohs are a club going in the right direction so I have agreed to stay on for next season," says Kelly, who moved to Bohs on loan from Dundalk in mid-season.

"It's exciting times for the club and I think people didn't expect us to finish as high as we can do, with a few more signings I think there is real potential here for next season."

Kelly, 25, could be forgiven for having divided attention tonight with one eye on the Shamrock Rovers-Dundalk game as well as the Dublin derby at Dalymount Park - should Stephen Kenny's side win in Tallaght, loanee Kelly would be entitled to a league medal.

"I would be delighted to see the lads win the double, and Stephen Kenny told me when I was speaking to him a few weeks ago that I will get a league medal if they win it," added Kelly.

"But it's hard to feel part of it when you are on the bench. I can't say a bad word about Dundalk, they are a great club, but I just wasn't getting enough games and when the chance came to go to Bohs, I was delighted to go."

Even if Bohs manage to beat Pats tonight - something they have failed to to in a league game since 2010 - the Gypsies would still be five points behind the Saints and Liam Buckley's side have a game in hand.

"Being honest, we are too far off Pats to make Europe ahead of them," says Kelly, a former Saints player.

"But you never know, if we can get four wins, we could have a chance but we need Pats to drop points.

"We have only ourselves to blame, we slipped up in recent weeks. Pats dropped a lot of points with their defeats but we didn't take advantage as we had a lo of draws, the draw in Drogheda a few weeks cost us and it's a missed opportunity for us.

"We never put a run of results together, it would have been nice to be level or just behind Pats ahead of tonight, but even if we beat them, we have a lot of catching up to do, so it's hard to see it happening."

Saints boss Buckley said: "We're down a few bodies through suspension and injuries, but we're still going to look to go out and win the game."

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