Drogheda United sign striker Rob Manley from Bohemians

Wed, Jul 11 2018

Manley's only two goals for Bohemians came in the 5-1 EA Sports Cup win over Cabinteely. Credit: Martin Doherty

Drogheda United have completed the signing of forward Rob Manley from Bohemians for the rest of the season.

Manley made his debut for the Boynesiders' in the closing stages of Friday's 1-0 defeat to Finn Harps as Drogheda failed to score for the third time in their last four games.

Manley gives Drogs manager Tim Clancy another option up front alongside the likes of Chris Lyons, Lee Duffy, Gareth McCaffrey and Mark Doyle for the closing stages to the First Division season.

Manley's League of Ireland career began with UCD's under-19 squad in 2015 and 2016, having previously played with Home Farm.

He was part of the squad that became under-19 National League champions in 2016 and made his senior debut against Waterford United on 18 March 2016 for UCD.

Manley became a more regular sight in the UCD first team in 2017 before making the move to Bohemians at the beginning of the year.

After scoring in his first game for Bohemians, a 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Drogheda, Manley soon signed for Keith Long's side.

However, his final appearance for the Gypsies came in a 3-1 Leinster Senior Cup defeat to Dundalk at the beginning of June.

The 20-year-old will now look to help Drogheda in their promotion push with eight games of the normal First Division season left, with second placed Shelbourne the next test on Friday.