The weekend news that David and Gordon Cooke would be leaving Coleraine in the close season may have come as a surprise to some, however it would appear that the Glendermott-bound pair won't be the only ones leaving Sandel Lodge in the coming months.

The Bannsiders have enjoyed a measure of success in the past five years but a fairly indifferent couple of seasons now looks to have brought about a re-think for the club committee.

Last season's chairman, Gareth Godfrey, will not be taking up the post again in 2018 and while likely to be still heavily involved behind the scenes, he said that the time was now right to focus on the structure of the club.

It is no secret that the local businessman had invested time and resources into the first XI in particular over the past few seasons, but the tide appears to be turning. In a frank discussion this week Godfrey insisted that Coleraine had the nucleus of a good senior side at the club and it was more important to build on that than to try to sustain a short-term challenge.

"Basically we want players here who want to play for Coleraine" he began. "I don't think there is any doubt that we under-performed last year and the difference between Donemana and the other title-challengers was obvious. They're an all-local team who play for the shirt and I have no problem saying that they have been easily the best side in the North West in recent times.

"I don't think we did ourselves justice last season but there were several local lads who did very well. Scott Campbell was outstanding for us and he will take the captaincy in the coming season.

"Marcus Poskitt, Stephen Hutchinson and the two Chopras also did well and those are the players we'll be putting our faith in for the new campaign.

"Graham Hume will be back as our overseas player and he was brilliant around the younger lads last year. He's a top player and you'll hopefully see more of him as a batsman in the summer as well because he's a real class act.

"We have a couple of younger players who will get a chance in the first team too and while we won't be going gung-ho to bring players in as maybe in the past, I don't think we'd rule out adding someone in who would be keen to do a job for Coleraine.

"We're competing with other sports down here for the youngsters in the area so one thing we will look to do over the coming seasons is to invest more effort into our facilities and things like coaching.

"Coleraine Cricket Club is determined to be a prominent force in the North West for many years to come but we probably needed a re-think over the next couple of seasons and maybe switch our focus a bit more towards the longer term."

These look to be interesting times down the north coast and 2018 could well now be a year of consolidation at the club. For now though it remains to be seen if the likes of Stevie Dunn and Steve Lazars will still be with the Bannsiders come April.