Lorrimer to lead Nortel as club makes Premier return

Wayne Lorrimer, seen here in action against Shankill United, is the new skipper of Nortel. INLT 32-904-CON
Wayne Lorrimer, seen here in action against Shankill United, is the new skipper of Nortel. INLT 32-904-CON

NEW Nortel skipper Wayne Lorrimer says he will be disappointed if the club fail to finish in the top six of this year’s Amateur League Premier Division which gets under way this weekend.

The industrious midfielder, who had a spell with Nottingham Forest, will lead the Monkstown Avenue side into its first top-flight league game in two years at home to Rosario on Saturday (August 13). They return with their heads held high as 1A champions.

Lorrimer was selected as the club’s new captain following an to injury to his predecessor, Gary Bell. And, the 26-year-old is the natural choice. Like Bell, his lead-by-example style on the park makes him the ideal man for the role.

The former Crusaders player was brought to the Factory Grounds in 2009 when manager Jamesy Kirk and his assistant, Stuart McClean, were handed the task of reviving the club’s fortunes following a painful relegation to Division 1A.

“Jamesy is a massive factor in our success and also Stuart who is probably the best trainer at the club and has a really good attitude towards the game,” said Wayne.

“We have made a few good signings this year. A few boys have joined us from Irish League clubs. But, just as last year, we’ll be going out to try and win every game and compete. I would say we will give a good account of ourselves.”

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