Article by Andrew Dempsey – @AndrewDempsey2.
After expressing a keen desire to depart the Carlisle Grounds following a turbulent season down in Co. Wicklow, Keith Buckley has now been confirmed as Keith Long’s 24th signing for the 2018 premier Division which kicks off for his charges in a blockbuster Dublin derby clash at home to Shamrock Rovers.
Buckley, who departed Bohemians at the end of the 2016 season, returns to his old stomping ground having come to an agreement to cut short his two-year contract with the ‘’Seagulls’’ amid an air of uncertainty at the Carlisle Grounds.
As many are probably well aware, Buckley had a well-publicised run in with Wanderers regarding the lack of communication between the club and the senior players which all came to head on Twitter with the club’s official account and his own personal one exchanging jabs.
However, despite the grievances caused, Buckley has agreed a deal which saw his contract with the ‘’Seagulls’’ terminated and has now sealed a return to Dalymount Park which will signal the beginning of his second coming at Bohemian’s.
Speaking with the club’s official website, Bohemianfc.ie, Buckley has said that he soon realised that “there was no other place I wanted to be” after his decision to go to the ‘’Seagulls’’ at the end of the 2016 season.
“It’s good to be going home – it felt like it was only a matter of time. The moment of realisation for me was going to see ‘’Bohs’’ play Dundalk midweek last year. Seeing all the fans and the reception I got, seeing legends like Turlough O’Connor in the Jameson Bar and staff like Lynn O’Neill around the place, I realised there was no other place I wanted to be.”
Buckley also said that he is relishing his return to Dalymount Park and is eyeing up that home Dublin Derby vs Shamrock Rovers as the start of his second-coming for the Gypsies.
“I missed the place so much, but when I went back it was like I never left. I tried to go back in the summer, so I’m delighted it’s finally happened. The job Keith Long has done at ‘’Bohs’’ is incredible. He demands the best of his players and everyone at the club is buying into it. There’s a good buzz around Dalymount and I’m delighted that I can be a part of it again. I can’t wait to start pre-season and I’ll do anything to be in that line-up on February 16.”
Also commenting on the deal was ‘’Bohs’’ boss Keith Long who has welcomed the news and is hoping that his new signing can fill the void left by his former star Fuad Sule who has swapped the League of Ireland for Barnet in England’s League Two.
“This is a great signing for us. It’s no secret that we didn’t want him to leave in the first place. He was virtually an ever-present for me before he left, so he is a player and person I hold in high regard. With Fuad Sule leaving, he is an excellent fit for us to fill that void. They have similarities as players too. They’re both diminutive and combative midfielders. Bucko had a great year with Bray, but I don’t want to focus too much on the past. This is a fresh start for him now and I think he’s more than capable of having an excellent second stint with the club. It gives the team and the club as a whole a great boost.”