ARDMORE

  • Skipper- Gary Neely
  • Ins- Grant Mokoena, Steve Lazars, David Anthony.
  • Outs- Rameez Alam

It took a late season win over Eglinton last September to finally free the Bleachgreen boys from a possible relegation play-off and skipper Gary Neely insists his side has to be better this time around.

Ardmore have added Steve Lazars and David Anthony to last year's squad and their new overseas man Grant Mokoena arrives with a decent reputation.

Lazars could be pivotal to their season too if he finds a bit of his early NCU days' form although he has a disappointing year at Coleraine to put behind him.

"We have to improve from last year there's just no doubt about that" began the skipper. "We've brought in a few players we feel can help us do that. Grant is proven quality with the Knights franchise in South Africa and Steve has a big role to play with both bat and ball.

"People are talking about him as a bowling threat but he is no mug with the bat either. Those two will strengthen the order and should lift a bit of pressure of Decker and the other batsmen.

"Donemana are the team to beat again and I believe the title race is between them and Brigade once more.

"After that, the other six will feel they have a chance of a top-half finish and we're in that group. I think we're well capable but we have to earn it.

"We have a few game changers in the team now and both Mokoena and Lazars are in that bracket. We'll be doing everything in our power to be in that top four."

Neely has been around long enough now to know what is required to compete at the business end of the Premiership table.

Kevin Martin looks a good foil as the former Irish International's vice-captain and although Neely could be spot on about his new recruits, you sense the Curry factor will be as pivotal as any of them.

They're better than a relegation-fighting team that goes without saying. Expect Ardmore to start better this time and to be in or around that Number 4 spot come September.