COLERAINE

  • Skipper- Scott Campbell
  • Ins- None at present
  • Outs- David Cooke, Gordon Cooke, Steve Lazars
  • Overseas player- Graham Hume

The times they are a-changing at Sandel Lodge this summer with former Chairman Gareth Godfrey living up to his promise that the club would give youth a chance in 2018.

David and Gordon Cooke have joined Glendermott while Steve Lazars is off to the Bleachgreen. As yet there has been no confirmation of Stevie Dunn's plans, however the Bannsiders are currently preparing for the new season without the left arm seamer as well.

Losing that type of quality would leave most teams vulnerable but while Coleraine probably won't be challenging for the title this time, they will be nobody's mugs.

Scott Campbell takes over the captain's armband again after a superb season 12 months ago. 'Soupy' was very much at the top of his game last year and along with Marcus Poskitt, Graham Hume and the Chopra boys they still have plenty of runs in the top order.

South Arfican Hume looks a fantastic overseas signing but he was lost to the north coast men batting at 6 or 7 in his first season. He looks sure to have more work to do this time but Campbell has no doubt he is up to the task.

"It's definitely going to be a rebuilding period for us with the emphasis very much on local Coleraine players.

"It's a young squad with an exciting future albeit we know it will be a tough year in such a competitive league.

"We do have experience in the team as well obviously and a top pro in Graham. He's a proper player and hopefully people will see a lot of him this summer.

"At the outset we'd look for at least a mid table finish and a run in one or two of the cups is far from beyond us as well."

Realistically you have to think it will be a test of character for this Coleraine side this time around. Despite that however, if Hume builds on his first term efforts and Campbell, Chopra(s), Poskitt, and Hutchinson are all on their game, Coleraine could easily surprise a few.