Wanderers player profiles
LEAGUE OF IRELAND BRAY PREPARING FOR NEW SEASON
Position: Goalkeeper. Age: 23. Number: 1.
Profile: After returning from his Olympic adventure last year ‘Skippy’ found himself stuck behind Alan Gough in the pecking order. The Aussie looked set to leave the club at the end of the season but after Gough’s appointment as manager of Longford Town he agreed to stay on and will be Eddie Gormley’s first-choice goalkeeper for the coming season.
Position: Defender/Midfielder. Age: 37. Number: 2.
Profile: There’s not much you can say about this man that hasn’t been said time and time again. The club’s record appearance holder may no longer have the legs he had as a sprightly 21-year old but his experience is more valuable than everyone will know.
Position: Defender. Age: N/A. Number: N/A.
Profile: Bray Wanderers’ former captain returned to the Carlisle after a spell at Sporting Fingal and he will play a pivotal role in the defence.
There is very little cover at the back at the moment so Seagulls fans will be hoping Deans et al will avoid injury this season.
Position: Defender/Midfielder. Age: 20. Number: N/A.
Profile: This youngster is a bit special and hopefully he will be showing us all that come next season. The skilful youngster recently signed a new deal and he will be playing a big role in Bray Wanderers’ campaign this season, let’s just hope he’s ready for it.
Position: Defender. Age: 19. Number: 5.
Profile: Derek Foran put in some memorable performances in the green shirt having signed from St. Pat’s last season, prompting him to become one of the favourites for the young player of the year award.
His season also had a few dips through his lack of experience, but he could prove to be a key player come next winter.
Position: Defender. Age: 25. Number: N/A.
Profile: Having been signed from St. Pat’s, Shankill native Stephen Brennan is expected to be a big player for Bray in the coming season.
Defensive frailty cost the Seagulls last season but fans will be hoping Brennan will be going some way to eradicate those defensive fears in the green-and-white of Bray.
Position: Defender. Age: 24. Number: 17.
Profile: Derek Pender was clearly one of the best players for Eddie Gormley’s side last season, so much so there were other clubs sniffing around for the versatile defender.
The former Hoops star opted to remain at Bray though and will have to re-capture some of last season’s performances this year if Bray are to stay up.
Position: Defender/Midfielder. Age: 31. Number: N/A.
Profile: 31-year old Dave Mulcahy certainly isn’t new to the football world and that is something all Bray fans can draw satisfaction from.
The Kilkenny native has been around the block and has always been an honest, hardworking player, exactly the kind all fans want to see at their football club.
Position: Midfielder. Age: 28. Number: N/A.
Profile: Former Longford Town man Doyle is another of Gormley’s close-season signings and although a bit of an unknown entity, most of Gormley’s signings are more than hitthan-miss and hopefully this one will follow suit. Should add much needed cover in the middle of the park.
Position: Midfielder. Age: 21. Number: N/A.
Profile: The last time Eddie Gormley signed an unknown young midfielder he went on to win the club’s young player of the year award, so there’s no pressure on 21-year old Darren Dunne.
He was signed by Gormley from Sheriff Youth Club and was regarded as one of AUL’s most promising players, so here’s hoping he can perform on the big stage.
Position: Midfielder. Age: 19. Number: 26.
Profile: After signing from Galway United during last season this tough-tackling geezer quickly fitted into the Bray midfield.
A stunning debut strike ensured the fans quickly liked him, and his hard work and tough-tackling further enhanced his growing reputation.
The natural replacement for Mark Duggan.
Position: Midfielder. Age: 19. Number: 23.
Profile: Most people might find the task of building on their performances of last season daunting but last year’s young player of the year will no doubt up his game even more.
Coughlan, who plays with a smile on his face, was thrown in at the deep end by Gormley last season and the youngster’s reaction was akin to Michael Phelps’. Here’s hoping he continues.
Position: Midfielder. Age: 20. Number: 11.
Profile: After spending much of last season on loan at Shelbourne, winger Gary McCabe knows he will have to force his way into Gormley’s starting 11.
He failed to impress in the early parts of last season and most didn’t expect to see him at Bray this season but he is, and it’s up to him now to find his form again.
Position: Midfielder/Striker. Age: 24. Number: 7.
Profile: A reported move to Cardiff City never materialised and there are whispers Derry City are still sniffing around but for the time being Paddy Kavanagh is a Bray Wanderers player, and thank God for that.
The former Birmingham City player was Bray’s top scorer last season and his goals could
prove vital again this season.
Position: Striker. Age: Number: N/A.
Profile: 6ft striker Paul Byrne will be hoping to bring something to the Carlisle Grounds that was lacking on all too many occasions last year; goals.
The former UCD and Sporting Fingal frontman is one of a number of strikers on the cards at Bray that will be hoping to be in the first 11 and the best way to get in there is to start finding the back of the net.
Position: Number: 9.
Profile: Many people feared ‘Franco’s’ Bray Wanderers career was dead and buried but he will be back this season looking to fire Bray to safety in the Premier Division.
The fans favourite had fallen out of favour at the club and was shipped out to Shelbourne but now he’s back and he’ll be looking to impress.
Position: Striker. Age: N/A. Number: N/A.
Profile: Another of the very promising youngsters brought up through the ranks at Bray, despite the fact that he didn’t have his own squad number last year.
If the youngster can up his game again though, he could well find himself in the first team, and maybe even with a number of his own.
Position: Striker. Age: Number: 20.
Profile: Another youngster who will be hoping to force his way into Mr. Gormley’s plans in the coming season.
On his day he shows plenty of neat touches and isn’t afraid to shoot but he needs to step up his game a little bit to compete at this level.
Paddy Kavanagh in action against Galway United last season.