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Monday 26 September 2016

Supple's sideline in Gaelic football ok with Bohs boss Long

Goalkeeper Shane Supple
Goalkeeper Shane Supple

Bohemians boss Keith Long says he's happy to work with recent signing Shane Supple as his GAA commitments won't interfere with his new career at the Gypsies.

Supple, who had been out of the senior soccer scene since leaving Ipswich Town in 2009, has rejoined that world with his move to Bohs and, having made appearances in friendly games against Newcastle United and Portsmouth, made his competitive debut on Friday night, a 1-0 loss to Derry City.

The 29-year-old has, for now, dislodged long-serving keeper Dean Delany and boss Long is keen to see more of Supple, even though the Dubliner plans to carry on playing Gaelic football for his club, St Brigid's.

"We have an arrangement with Shane. There is not a huge amount of club commitments from his [GAA] club in relation to that," Long says.

"I have an agreement with Shane that we're happy with from a club perspective and, as a manager, I am happy with the agreement."

Supple, who had been playing non-league football for Crumlin United, tasted defeat on his debut but Long has high hopes.

"Shane is a top keeper and he showed that in the friendlies against Portsmouth and Newcastle.

Decision

"It was a difficult decision to start him ahead of Dean but you have got to trust your instinct," added Long.

"I have been in touch with him regularly over the last number of years to try and coax him out of self-imposed retirement. I think he's a great addition to the squad.

"Dean Delany has been excellent for me also so it was a really tough decision to make on Friday but felt it was the right thing to do for the team," added Long, unhappy with his side's display on Friday.

"I was disappointed with our work rate and our efforts and it's not often that I've said that about this group of players."

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