Seapatrick boss Davy Dawson is hoping he has assembled his very own Galacticos.
Alright, so they might not be quite up to Zidane, Figo or Ronaldo’s standards but the manager is ‘over the moon’ to have brought them on board.
He’s added as many as eight new signings to his squad over the close season, most notably former Banbridge Town manager Brian Adair.
After resigning as boss at Loughgall, Adair made a return to his playing days at Dollingstown last season and has now signed on as a player at Havelock Park.
“I’m over the moon with our signings,” said Dawson.
“Things didn’t work for Brian at Dollingstown and he decided to give the rest of the season a miss.
“I spoke to him at the start of pre-season and he agreed to come down. He’s a great boost for the club. He has been there and done it all, he brings such a wealth of experience to the club.”
Adair has been joined by a familiar face in Ally Beck, who played for the ex-manager at Town and Rathfriland.
“He’s a cracking striker and a brilliant lad. He will be another asset to the squad,” said Dawson.
The Seapatrick manager is hoping the new recruits will help to give him a better night’s sleep by avoiding a ‘squeaky-bum’ end to the season.
“We are now going into this season a lot more optimistic and confident,” he said. “The boys are looking sharp and we look like a completely different side to the last two years, when we were going into the campaigns a bit light. This year, we know we have a lot more strength in depth in the side.
“We just want to have a comfortable season and consolidate our place in the league. We want to be safe and not have to face another relegation dog-fight. A cup run or two would be a massive boost but our priority will be to stay well clear of the bottom.
“Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve been waiting on other results and it hasn’t been nice so we really want to stay away from that.”
Dawson’s boys kick off the season on Saturday with a home game against Hanover who, after their promotion from Intermediate B, will provide stiff competition for Dawson’s boys.
“Hanover will come into this division very confident and we know they’re a very good outfit and will be tough to beat,” said the boss.