Bohemians sign experienced defender Jake Carroll

Jake Carroll playing for Pats back in 2012 Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick (ETPhotos)

Bohemian FC have confirmed the signing of experienced defender Jake Carroll.

Carroll, who began his career with St Patrick’s Athletic, returns to League of Ireland football after a decade in England and Scotland.

During his time abroad, he made over 200 appearances, with Huddersfield, Bury, Partick Thistle, Hartlepool United, Cambridge United, and Motherwell.

The 32-year-old had trained with Bohemians since pre-season while recovering from a serious knee injury and is now back to full fitness. 

"Jake has been with the club now for a number of months and we have seen first hand the experience and quality he can add to this team," said manager Alan Reynolds. "He has great leadership qualities too, and we can’t wait to get him back playing."

Carroll expressed his excitement about the signing: "I am delighted, it has been a long time coming. I’ve been with the group a while now, so it is great to finally get it done."

He praised the team's composition and support, adding, "There’s a really good group here, a good mix of youth and experience, and they have been really good with me. The medical staff have been brilliant with me since I came in."

Reflecting on his injury recovery, Carroll stated, "It was a difficult injury that I had, and I have worked tirelessly to get back from it. They have got me to a great stage now where I am ready to rock, and now I want to play as much as possible and achieve something with this club."

Carroll also looks forward to mentoring younger players.

"There are young defenders here too who I want to help along the way. They want to learn too, which is great. As you get older, you take on more responsibility and that’s what I am looking to do. It’s great to be home now and back in the league."