FOX LODGE

  • Skipper- Brian Allen
  • Ins- Ramey Harpur, Lee Finlay, Craig Alexander
  • Outs- None
  • Overseas player- Cebo Tshiki

It was a case of mission accomplished for the Foxies last time albeit Brian Allen's team eventually needed a play-off win to maintain their Premier Division status.

It's probably unlikely that they will be challenging for the league title in 2018 either but that won't worry the North West Development Officer who consistently puts enjoyment of the game at the top of his agenda.

Cebo Tshiki returns as overseas player after hitting his straps in the second half of last summer. The South African took a while to get used to conditions but was a popular choice among club members after proving his worth when he settled in.

On hindsight they relied so heavily on their top three of Allen, Tshiki and Jason Milligan last summer although the Heywood boys did very well with the ball.

Joining the club this year are a trio of Sion Mills lads and that will certainly give the skipper options.

The Ballymagorry outfit introduced a number of teenagers into the fray in 2017 too and none of them looked out of place, so Allen might have a selection headache or two this time around.

"We're fortunate to have a good age profile in the squad and while we're much the same as last year, those players coming in will definitely add to competition for places" he said.

"Cebo is back as pro which also helps with consistency.

"As for our hopes for the season, we'll be doing our best to compete in the top half of the league.

"It will be a good summer for us if we can have a few young players make their mark in the Premier League and enjoy it on the way."

It seems pretty certain that there will be no easy games in the top flight this year so the Ballymagorry boys are one of several sides hoping to hit the ground running.

If they get points on the board early that may give them momentum and it would be no surprise to see them improve on last year's effort.