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First Team News

Shamrock Rovers F.C. has completed a double signing today with the arrival to Tallaght Stadium of striker Orhan Vojic and goalkeeper Leon Pöhls.

Both players will join with the Hoops squad and be available to play subject to International clearance.

Speaking about signings, the Hoops’ Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:

“Orhan came about through contacts from Arsenal that I’ve been speaking to for a number of months about him. Their advice was that if Orhan becomes available it’s one we need to seriously look at so we followed up. He’s totally different to what we have up front, it was one of the main reasons for signing him. He thinks differently about the game, about getting into the box and getting in behind defences.

A lot of our attackers are good footballers and come off and play whereas Orhan thinks about the other side of the attacking game so it’s a good mix for us to have. And he’s hungry to score goals. I believe he’ll be a good addition to the squad. It didn’t really matter to us whether it was from Ireland, Germany, Austria or whatever, it was just about getting what fitted and who we needed.

Leon was in goal for the opposition in one of our pre-season games (at Roadstone) and we really liked what we seen of him. He made some really good saves and his all round game was very good. We followed up after the game with the team he was with and they came back and said they could make him available.

You’ll see his attributes; he’s really athletic and really big. He’s quick and he can play. He’s a great age and Jose (goalkeeping coach) will improve him like he’s done with all the keepers. We knew that Gavin Bazunu was going and Kevin Horgan was chomping at the bit to go to Galway United, he wants to be number one. He played a few games last year and got a taste of it so he wants more of it. That wasn’t going to happen here so we felt it was right to go and let him play.


Orhan (Vojic) said:

“I’m really happy to sign here. It’s a really great club with a lot of trophies. A good friend of mine, my agent, was asking me what I’d think about moving to Ireland and Shamrock Rovers. I hope to get clearance to play the first game in Waterford and hope to score a lot of goals, make a lot of assists and win trophies at Rovers. I have been told that the fans are already working on a good song about me because my nickname (Oki) is short! I look forward to playing as well as possible and being successful in Ireland”


Leon (Pöhls) said:

“I’m very happy to sign and I’m looking forward to the season. I hope I can have some appearances throughout the season as well. I got an offer from Rovers after we played against their youth team with my academy and the gaffer got in touch with me. That’s when I took the opportunity.

It’s been a great experience so far training with Alan Mannus, he’s given me a lot of great advice. I feel like he can improve my game, he’s a very experienced goalkeeper so I’m looking forward to learning from him. I’m looking forward to Friday, the fans are really excited and the away tickets are sold out. The team looks ready and looks well on the training ground and I hope we can get a win at the start of the season. I feel like Ireland is a good place to live and the club is amazing”.


Player profiles:

Orhan Vojic
is a Bosnian youth international striker, born in Austria. He began his senior career with Juniors OÖ and Lask in his home country. The 22-year-old joined the Wolfsburg Under 19s where he scored ten goals in nine starts and 10 substitute appearances in the 2015/16 campaign. Orhan then netted five goals in six starts and 25 sub appearances for Wolsfburg’s reserve team over the next two seasons before leaving the German club in the summer of 2018.

Leon Pöhls (21) is a German goalkeeper who played in Eintracht Norderstedt’s youth ranks. He joined English non-league side Tadcaster Albion in September 2017, making his debut in a 2-0 win over Lincoln United last December. More recently he was with i2i Academy in England until signing for Shamrock Rovers.

Stephen Bradley with the new signings Vojic and Pöhls.