Kurtis wants more medals
Byrne: 'Aim is to bring trophies back to Bohs'
A hat-trick on his debut for Bohemians proves that forward Kurtis Byrne hasn't lost his eye for goal after a frustrating spell as a squad player with Dundalk.
And the ex-Hibs man believes that his move to Dalymount Park can see him add to the haul of medals he picked up in his spell with current champions Dundalk.
"We've only had one pre-season game and a few days of training but the early signs are good, this is a great club and I think we can really win something this year," says Byrne, who scored all three goals for the Gypsies in Monday's 3-3 draw in a friendly with First Division side Cabinteely.
"The aim is to bring trophies back to Bohemians, and I know I want to win something in the season ahead. I have seen the squad we have and the quality of players in the squad, qualifying for Europe is definitely achievable but there's no reason why we can't win the cups and challenge for the league," added Byrne, pleased with his efforts on his first proper appearance for the Gypsies.
"It was a good game the other night, they were 3-0 up but we got back to 3-3, I scored all three so that was nice," says Byrne.
"Results don't really matter at this stage of the season, it's all about fitness and getting ready for the new season."
Byrne picked up league and cup medals with Dundalk last season but he was mainly used as a squad player off the bench. "It was very frustrating," he admits. "In my first two seasons at Dundalk I played in almost all of the games but last year I hardly played at all.
"As a player, you should be going home on a Friday night tired from having played in a game, maybe scored a goal and helped the team win, but that didn't happen for me as I wasn't involved.
"But that's in the past as far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to dwell on it, I am focused on the new challenge at Bohs and I can't wait for the season to start, I need to work hard and get into the team."