Tuesday 19 March 2019

Fenlon bemoans cold shoulder from Trap

BOHEMIANS boss Pat Fenlon says he's losing hope that home-based players will ever get a chance at international level.

Fenlon completed his last bit of business on the transfer front last night when he snapped up Ireland U21 cap Graham Carey on loan from Celtic.

Dubliner Carey, who was at Shelbourne before his move to Parkhead in 2005, has been offered a contract extension at Celtic by Gordon Strachan, but the Parkhead chief wants forward Carey to get some first-team experience and has agreed to let the player come to Dalymount Park on loan until the summer.

But Giovanni Trapattoni and his management team are not likely to see Carey, who made his U21 debut against Germany earlier this month, any time soon at Dalymount Park.

Now Fenlon fears that Trapattoni, who has yet to attend a single game of club football in this country, 12 months after he was announced as the new Ireland boss, will continue to give the domestic game the cold shoulder.

"I'd love to see them attend but considering they didn't last year I see no reason why they will this season," said Fenlon when asked about the lack of interest from Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and Liam Brady in the LOI.

"There's quality in the league. The FAI Cup final showed that to me, but also games all over the season. I've never said there are loads of players capable of playing for the national team in this league but there are definitely some worth looking at.

"There were a few players at Bohemians last year top of their form but didn't get any sort of mention. I still think there are a few.

"But I can't control that and neither can the players. It's about them getting out to play and perform. I haven't given up hope but I'm losing a bit of faith that it will happen.

"It's a pity that Keith Fahey will only be talked about as a possible international player now that he's played a couple of games and scored a goal for Birmingham, but that has always been the way."

Fenlon yesterday unveiled his four major signings for the new season: Brian Shelley, Paul Keegan, Joseph Ndo and Matt Gregg, and he knows it will be hard to retain the league title.

"We have a small squad now so keeping people fit is crucial, it's very important for us with so many games coming up," he said. "We have a good mix of experienced players and younger lads who have drive and enthusiasm, and I might need to use some of the younger lads this season."

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