'Unreal signing', 'Massive talent' - Fans react after top-flight club sign striker from Leeds
By Richard Parks
Irish Premier Division club Bohemian have completed the signing of Eoghan Stokes from Leeds United – and their fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight.
The Dublin-based club announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday that Stokes, 21, had agreed terms to move to Dalymount Park, subject to international clearance.
He is set to go straight into their first-team squad and make his debut in a big top-flight derby against Shamrock Rovers on Friday, which is already a sell-out.
#Bohs are delighted to announce the signing of striker Eoghan Stokes from Leeds. ????????⚫️
Subject to international clearance, the 21-year-old will go straight into the matchday squad for tomorrow's sold-out SSE Airtricity League opener against Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park. pic.twitter.com/aftqZoeRoV
— Bohemian FC ????⚫ (@bfcdublin) February 15, 2018
Stokes had his deal at Leeds terminated two weeks ago after the January transfer window closed, yet the Bohemians announcement states that he has been signed from the Championship giants.
Fans of both Bohemians and United took to social media to rave about the ability of the forward, variously describing him as an “unreal signing” and a “massive talent”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Unreal signing if i must say so myself.
— Damien Buckley (@DamoBuckley1) February 15, 2018
— Graham Hoey (@G_Hoey) February 15, 2018
Great stuff….he didn’t fancy joining Bradsers revolution no! ????✊????????
— gl3nn (@GlennCarroll1) February 15, 2018
Seen him a lot for u23s and this season against Newport county. Shocked leeds let him go,massive talent and will be a top top player,great signing for you,and know he’ll show what a great talent he is. Wish him all the best
— brian potter (@brianpotterhere) February 15, 2018
Instant Bohs legend turning down them to play for the big club
— David Behan (@Behan40Behan) February 15, 2018
Good signing for bohs I’m a Leeds fan and still don’t know how he didn’t get a chance in our first team scored regularly for the u23s so will bang them in at the level I think with regular game time
— Sean McAteer (@mcateer_sean) February 15, 2018
Good lad. Hope he does well. Always looked a talent
— Jack (@jackclark_07) February 15, 2018
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international had only ever made one senior appearance for Leeds but he was a prolific scorer for their Under-23s after graduating from their youth ranks.
The Irish Sun had reported that the centre-forward had been on trial at Shamrock Rovers and even featured in a friendly match for them last week.
However he has controversially decided to join their Dublin rivals Bohemian ahead of the 2018 Irish Premier Division kicking off this week.
In other Leeds United news, a 27-year-old has insisted he still has a BIG future at the club after reports he will never play for the Yorkshire giants again.