Sunday 24 February 2019

Bohs wait on Watts move

Midfielder Dylan Watts. Pic: Sportsfile
Midfielder Dylan Watts. Pic: Sportsfile

Bohemians have not given up hope of keeping talented midfielder Dylan Watts at Dalymount Park even though he will be very much in demand when his loan spell ends later this month.

Watts (22) joined Bohs on loan from Leicester City at the start of this season, but the former St Joseph's Boys player was informed earlier this week that the Foxes will not be offering him a new deal.

That makes Watts a free agent from July 1st, and he has already been the subject of interest from clubs in Ireland and the UK. Bohs boss Keith Long admits it will be hard to persuade Watts to ignore a good offer from a British club but should he decided to stay on in Ireland, Long's upbeat.

"If an offer of real interest come in from England or Scotland I'd imagine he would go there, otherwise I would be hopeful that he would stay with us until the end of the season," says Long, his side in action away to champions Cork City tonight, Watts in the squad.

"I am aware that there are plenty of clubs interested in Dylan so the ball is firmly in his court, he will look for time to assess his options, what's best for him."

The loss of Watts would really hurt Bohs as Long concedes that he has no room in his budget to make changes to the squad, Bohs keen to put points on board to stay away from a relegation zone which is too close for comfort at the moment.

"I don't have money to bring players in so I will be working with the same squad," he says, looking for a response to last week's poor showing in a home defeat to Derry City.

"I have targets and potential players looking to come but it's a bit worrying as we are potentially in a dogfight at the bottom. We are very much alive but we need to invest in the squad a bit for things to improve, but we don't have the opportunity to do that.

"Now we have to go to Cork and get over the disappointment of last week."

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