Ballyclare Comrades manager Eddie Hill has already began strengthening his squad for next season by bringing fans’ favourite, Gary Brown, back to Dixon Park.
Owing to work commitments, the former Chimney Corner diminutive midfield dynamo was unavailable for the entire season just ended, but he is looking forward to having the opportunity to sample Championship 1 football with the Comrades.
Hill confirmed the entire squad has signed up for another season, while January signing, Liam Prigent from Immaculata is likely to be back when training recommences in July.
Reflecting on Saturday’s 5-2 defeat to Knockbreda, the manager said: “We were without Gage, Young, McGowan, McAlea and Smith, so there was quite a reshuffle, and the damage was done in the first half.
“Sloppy defending gifted them three of the goals, when we didn’t close them down. We performed much better in the second half, but turning round four down left us with a mountain to climb.”
Asked to comment on the season as a whole, Hill continued: “After gaining promotion, my top priority was to consolidate our position in Championship 1, and I think we have done that by finishing in the top half of the table.
“Add to that a place in the Irish Cup quarter-final the Intermediate Cup, and a Steel & Sons Cup semi-final, I think that we have had a very satisfactory season.
“There is a togetherness about the squad, and they all work for each other, so I think that the outlook is rosy.”