The Imps allowed Jay Benn out on loan last week, with the young full-back joining up with Bohemians, the oldest League of Ireland club.
Benn joined the Imps from Halifax Town in the summer and has appeared once, as we beat Barnsley 3-0 at Oakwell in the EFL Trophy.
“It has been a frustrating first half of the season for Jay, with an injury that took time to resolve and a lack of regular football, which this loan will provide,” said City’s director of football Jez George.
“Their manager Declan Devine came over to meet Mark and I earlier in the season, and we are delighted to work with Bohemians, a club renowned for producing many players and their passionate fanbase.
“The fact that their league also plays through the summer gives Jay the opportunity to emulate Sean Roughan after his loan at Drogheda and hit the ground running in pre-season and challenge for a place in our starting eleven next season.”
Benn will get quite the introduction to life in Ireland; their first game of the season is against Cork City in front of a sell-out crowd at Turners Cross, live on RTE this Friday. In it, the Bohs could wear last season’s away kit, arguably the coolest one you’ll ever see. It’s not their actual away kit this season, but it is a registered third kit after they wore it all last season.
After many requests we now have our Marley kit player shorts available to buy via the club shop 💚❤️💛
— Bohemian Football Club (@bfcdublin) January 25, 2023
The kit commemorates the last outdoor concert Bob Marley played at the Bohs home ground, as part of the Uprising tour in 1980. It also raised money for good causes when released, and will likely continue to do so into the new year, despite no longer being the club’s official away kit.
Here’s hoping we see Jay in it at some point!