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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Wearen's fit and aims to re-start his Bohs career

Midfielder has eye on new Gypsies deal

Eoin Wearen, pictured in action for Bohemians against Derry City back in July 2016.
Eoin Wearen, pictured in action for Bohemians against Derry City back in July 2016.

After a nightmare year, former Ireland youth cap Eoin Wearen says he will be even stronger when he returns to the field of play next season.

And the 25-year-old hopes that will be in the colous of Bohemians as he hopes to land a new contract from the Gypsies.

Last term was Wearen's fourth season with Bohs but he only got to play one game, on the last day of the campaign, having suffered a knee injury in pre-season. His deal with Bohs has expired and last week Wearen played for a PFAI team made up of out-of-contract players, though he is in talks with Bohs boss Keith Long about a new deal.

"If things can be agreed I would be more than happy to stay at Bohs, I'm not trying to get out of the club, we're just trying to sort things out," says Wearen.

"I met Keith Long a few weeks after the season finished and we have been back and forth since then trying to agree something. With me being out for a year the PFAI camp made sense for me to play in a game, at least people could see me playing there.

"I don't know, I might have to look for another club, it's getting close now to the stage where clubs will be getting back in for pre-season, but I would like to stay."

Apart from a brief spell at Sligo Rovers in 2015, the St Kevin's Boys product has been at Bohs since he came home after a spell with West Ham and he has an attachment to the club, even though last year was a disaster due to injury.

"I spent so much time in the stands and in the gym last year, all I want to do is get back out on to the pitch to show what I can do," he says.

"I played 45 minutes for the PFAI team last week, that was my first start in 15 months and I felt great afterwards, I think I showed that I am back and ready to play, I have to make up for lost time.

"But I believe I will come back a better player, because of the experience I had, I am more mature and mentally stronger, I worked a lot in the gym when I was injured so I feel I will be a better athlete when I am playing again.

"I missed out on a lot last season with Bohs, and I want to achieve things in my career, my priority is to be back playing again but once I am settled back playing I can focus on other things and I want to win things, I want to play in Europe," added Wearen, who has been coaching the U12 side at his former club St Kevin's Boys and is also three tears into a business degree.

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