Supple: 'I want to win things at Bohemians'
He was very much in demand from other clubs, but Shane Supple says it was his loyalty to Bohemians, and the chance of the club making a real impact next season, which convinced him to sign a new two-year deal.
Supple, one of only six players to have been an ever-present in the league this season, had been strongly linked with a move to Dundalk for the 2018 season but instead, the former U21 cap has signed up until the end of the 2019 season with Bohs, the club he supported as a boy, Rob Cornwall also agreeing a new contract this week.
"There were talks with a couple of clubs but I was happy to stay here," Supple told The Herald. "A few things made up my mind, but mainly the club and the people here, and the potential.
"We have a real chance of doing something at this club and I wanted to be part of that. It's close to home for me and it's where I want to be," said Supple, adding that money was not a motivation.
"I think players see the bigger picture now and don't want to leave to get an extra €50 a week somewhere else, be the kind of players who hop around from club to club, you want stability in your career and I can have that next season. I am ambitious, I'm not staying for the sake of it, I want to achieve things and win trophies and I feel Bohs is a club that can allow me do that."
Early on this season Bohs had the look of a side heading for relegation, a run of six defeats (and just two goals scored) in seven games making them very vulnerable.
But they regrouped, at one stage looking like potential candidates for a European finish, though Europe is now beyond them as a top-five place is the best they can aim for.
Supple and Cornwall have followed team-mates like Fuad Sule, Oscar Brennan and Warren O'Hora in signing new deals and if in-demand striker Ismahil Akinade can be persuaded to stay, Supple feels Bohs can make an impact in the season to come.
"We have a few signed up already, and the gaffer is trying to get a few more tied down, hopefully we can do that," says Supple. "The gaffer goes about his business in the right way, there's a good team there with him and Trevor Croly, and while we do need to get new faces in to make us stronger for next season, I think we can do even better.
"Keith and the board want to take this club in a certain direction, we weren't too far off this season, considering that we didn't have a striker for a while and Izzy (Akinade) only started 10 games.
"At the moment we are six points off the top four, which would have given us a place in Europe, so Europe is something we can aim for," he added ahead of Friday's season finale.