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Heary hoping old heads Byrne and Price can pass on league-winning experience

The Bohemians manager has recruited a couple of Airtricity League veterans ahead of the new season.

Heary at yesterday's media event in Dublin city.
Heary at yesterday's media event in Dublin city.
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BOHEMIANS MANAGER Owen Heary believes the work he has done in the transfer window has given his squad a good mix of youth and experience.

As well as signing winger Paddy Kavanagh from Derry City and former Bohs defender Aidan Price, who won the Premier Division title with St Patrick’s Athletic last season, Heary has welcomed back an old friend to Dalymount Park.

Jason Byrne won back-to-back leagues in 2008 and 2009 alongside Heary during his first spell at the club before departing for Dundalk when Bohs suffered financial difficulties.

The second highest goalscorer in the history of the League of Ireland, Byrne scored 17 goals for Bray Wanderers last season as he continues to chase Brendan Bradley’s record of 235 goals.

The 35-year-old has return to the club and Heary hopes he can be a positive influence on the younger players.

“Adding Jay (Jason Byrne) and Aido (Aidan Price) there is a balance of young players and experience there now,” Heary told TheScore.ie.

“We have brought in the likes of Jack Memery and Philly McCabe who would have less experience so overall we have a good blend.

“I managed Bucko (Keith Buckley) and Ryan (McEvoy) when they were coming through the ranks in the reserve team a couple of years ago. They may be young but they’re experienced because they have been playing a couple of years.

I know from personal experience you develop from playing with experienced players. You see what they are doing and learn from them. Not only on the pitch but how they’re looking after themselves off the pitch.

“If we can get the likes of Dinny (Corcoran) to become a goalscorer like Jay is or defenders to defend the way Aido Price does it’d be great. It’ll be a learning curve for them and these lads will bring them on.”

Heary was glad to be one of 17 coaches who began their UEFA Pro Licence course on Wednesday when Ireland senior manager Martin O’Neill gave a talk ahead of the 17-month programme.

“It’s a lot of work and they’re going to give us assignments constantly. Between doing that and managing I’ll be kept busy.”

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