Wan­der­ers player pro­files

LEAGUE OF IRE­LAND BRAY PRE­PAR­ING FOR NEW SEA­SON

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CHRIS O’CON­NOR

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.

COLM TRES­SON

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.

CHRIS DEANS

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.

DANE MASSEY

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.

DEREK FO­RAN

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.

STEPHEN BREN­NAN

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.

DEREK PEN­DER

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.

DAVE MULC­AHY

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.

DAIRE DOYLE

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.

DAR­REN DUNNE

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.

DARYL ROB­SON

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.

GARETH COUGH­LAN

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.

GARY MCCABE

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.

PADDY KA­VANAGH

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.

PAUL BYRNE

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.

AN­DREI GE­ORGESCU

Striker. Age:

22.

25.

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.

JAKE KELLY

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.

JOHN MUL­ROY

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.

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Paddy Ka­vanagh in action against Gal­way United last sea­son.

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