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Bohs add former West Brom youngster to their ranks ahead of trip to Derry

Robbie McCourt made 59 appearances for the West Brom reserves during his three-year stint in England.

BOHEMIANS HAVE SIGNED former West Brom defender Robbie McCourt ahead of tomorrow’s trip to the Brandywell to face Derry City.

McCourt, a product of St Kevin’s Boys, spent three years at the Hawthorns but never quite broke into the Baggies’ first team.

The versatile 20-year-old is an Ireland international at U19 level and represented the West Brom U23s on 59 occasions during his three-year stint.

Glasnevin native McCourt will hope to impress at Dalymount over the remainder of the season and earn an extended stay with the League of Ireland Premier Division outfit.

“Robbie’s a very good footballer,” Bohs manager Keith Long told the club’s official website. “He can play centre-back and at left-back but I’ve brought him to the club primarily believing he can operate as a defensive midfielder for us.

“He’s a very talented player and was much sought-after when he was at St Kevin’s before going to West Brom.

It’ll obviously take time for a player coming home from England to adapt to first-team football, players can find that transition more difficult than they had anticipated.

“But obviously we hope he clicks quickly – we don’t have as many games as you would like for a player to kick in.

“He’s great prospect and wants to do well. He’s a local lad too, from Glasnevin. He’s a technical player, very good on the ball and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

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