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Jason Byrne returns to Dalymount Park as Owen Heary adds to Bohemians squad

Updated: Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 10:05 | Comments

Jason Byrne has signed with Bohemians
Jason Byrne has signed with Bohemians

Bohemians have completed the signing of Jason Byrne for a second spell with the Dalymount Park club.

Byrne, 35, has scored 205 goals in his League of Ireland career so far including during a trophy-laden spell with the Gypsies which began in 2008.

He returns to Bohs from Bray Wanderers in what is another blow to the Seagulls ahead of the new season.

Bohs boss Owen Heary said: “Everyone knows how good a player Jason has been over the years. Along with Glen Crowe, he’s the best striker I’ve ever seen in the league. Thankfully I was lucky enough to play with them both.

“Jason has that killer instinct up front that we missed last season. People talk about age but look at how he did with Bray last year. He scored 17 goals in all competitions, which is a tremendous tally for any striker.

“As long as he’s given good service, he will score. Give Jason two or three chances in a game and he’ll find the net. You don’t lose that instinct. The younger lads will gain so much from him too. His movement, positioning, technique – the lads will be watching and learning from him every day in training.”

Byrne has set his sights on overtaking Brendan Bradley’s record of 235 goals to become the league’s all-time scorer.

It is an ambitious task, but Heary is encouraging the striker.

Heary said: “I would love him to do it at Bohs. That was the real motivating factor in him coming back.

“I know he’s a legend at Bray too but I think he would really love to do it at a club like Bohs having had so much success here before.

“It’s something that is really in his sights now and I really believe he can do it in the next two years.”

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