Bohs bag Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, as Rovers, Dundalk and Pat's announce re-signings
A busy day for transfer news in the Premier Division so far.

LAST UPDATE | Dec 18th 2021, 6:52 PM

BOHEMIANS HAVE SIGNED Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe from Dundalk, the club announced today.

The 2019 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division’s top goal-scorer comes to Dalymount Park on a “multi-year deal”.

English forward Ogedi-Uzokwe, 27, spent the second half of the 2021 season on loan at Derry City, having signed for Dundalk in February.

A fan favourite at the Candystripes, it was there he was leading scorer two seasons ago, with 16 goals in 34 appearances.

Following a brief stint in Israel with Hapoel Hadera at the start of 2020, the Londoner spent the second half of last season at Sligo Rovers, before moving to the Lilywhites.

He has been influential at every club he has represented on these shores, and scored eight times in total in the 2021 season.

Elsewhere in the league, there have been several re-signings so far today, with Alan Mannus, Leon Pohls, Barry Cotter, Neil Farrugia, Ronan Finn, Gary O’Neill, Darragh Nugent and Rory Gaffney all re-committing to Shamrock Rovers. Daniel Kelly has also penned a new Dundalk deal, while Jason McClelland is staying put at St Patrick’s Athletic.

Rovers goalkeeper Mannus is set to play into his forties after signing a new deal with the reigning champions for 2022. It means an eighth season at Rovers for the former Northern Ireland international; the 39-year-old playing an instrumental role in the Hoops’ back-to-back titles.

German ‘keeper Pohls also goes again, having initially joined the club in February 2019, along with former Ireland underage and Ipswich right-back Cotter, who first signed in August, and U21 international Farrugia.

Finn, 33, extends his second spell with the Hoops while fellow midfielder Nugent, 13 years his junior, will spend a fourth season in Tallaght.

Tralee man O’Neill, 26, will also enjoy a fourth season with Rovers and striker Gaffney, 32, has extended his own deal with the club having arrived from Salford last year.

Meanwhile, Daniel Kelly becomes the latest player to commit his future to Stephen O’Donnell’s Dundalk, signing a new two-year deal having first joined the Oriel Park outfit in the winter of 2018.

“I’m delighted to get it done. It’s an early Christmas present for me,” he said. “Injury-wise, the last year wasn’t great for me but I’m feeling good and healthy and when January comes I’ll be raring to go.”

Bohs also paid tribute to three departing long-serving players, Keith Buckley, Rob Cornwall and Keith Ward.

And St Pat’s winger Jason McClelland has also committed his future to the club with a new contract.

The 2018 First Division champion with UCD, is preparing for his third season at Inchicore, after scoring three times in 27 appearances last term — including a penalty in last month’s FAI Cup final shootout.

“I’m delighted to have signed back for the club. I’ve really enjoyed my two years here so far and am looking forward to pushing on again,” McClelland said.

“Scoring in the shootout a few weeks ago was a great moment for me, it was a fantastic day for all of us, for the club and for our friends and families and of course for our supporters who are absolutely brilliant. They are the type of occasions and moments we want to be involved in.

“I’m looking forward to playing under Tim [Clancy] and contributing to what will hopefully be another successful season.”


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