Bohs striker Corcoran has sights set on English move
BOHEMIANS striker Dinny Corcoran hopes that his decision to link up with Bohemians could provide him with a ticket to the cross-channel game.
While high-profile League of Ireland graduates such as Keith Fahey, James McClean, Seamus Coleman, David Forde and Wes Hoolahan were all in action in big FA Cup games over the weekend, a batch of other former LOI players were also on view in England.
Former Shamrock Rovers and Longford Town man Don Cowan appeared for Stevenage against Tottenham in the FA Cup and has earned another shot at Spurs in the replay of that tie, while ex-Cork City star Graham Cummins scored his first goal for League One side Preston, former Cork City lad Kevin Long played a blinder for Rochdale in League One, and MK Dons include ex-LOI lads Shaun Williams and Jay O'Shea.
Having made his debut with St Patrick's Athletic a few seasons ago, Corcoran has changed clubs a few times but has yet to really make a name for himself, but he's hoping that the move to Bohs -- in Setanta Sports Cup action away to Portadown tonight - can help him get across the water.
"When I met (manager) Aaron Callaghan for the first time to talk about coming to Bohs, he just told me that it was a big club and it was a great stage for a young player to try and make his name," said Corcoran, who started out with St Pats and also lined out for Sporting Fingal, Shelbourne and Drogheda United before he was brought to Bohs by Callaghan in the off season.
"There will be a lot of people watching Bohemians this season and if you do well you might catch the eye. I hope I can have a good season here and see where it takes me because I would like to get the chance to play abroad.
"It's great to see lads like Stephen Ward and James McClean doing well in the Premier League but you can have a good career in the other leagues as well and that's something I might be able to do.
"If you work hard and do well you can get spotted."
Meanwhile, Bohs can call on Derek Pender for the Portadown clash after a registration issue ruled him out of the home leg.