BURNDENNETT

  • Skipper- Eddie McGettigan
  • Ins- Mark Snodgrass, Andy Barr
  • Outs- Ruqeno Weavers, Brian Devine
  • Overseas player- None

It seems to have been a fairly difficult close season for the 'Dennett boys but the 11th hour signings of Mark Snodgrass and Andy Barr will have given them a lift heading into the new campaign.

Those additions mean they have opted to go without an overseas player this time- West Indian Ruqeno Weavers unable to drag them into the top half of the table last summer.

They are however also set to lose Brian Devine who is heading back to Fox Lodge.

In truth Burndennett probably needed their new blood although on their day they would be a match for anyone.

Stephen and Ross McCay, Gerard McAuley as well as all the Marks- Pollock, Doherty, Roulston and Mooney would be a decent backbone in any side while new skipper McGettigan was probably the pick of their players last summer.

As with one or two other sides however it has been the inability to get their best XI out week after week that has hampered them most.

A club spokesman said that there were irons still in the fire but for now the focus will be consolidation.

"We haven't found it easy in recent years that's for sure. It's becoming more and more difficult to bring youngsters into clubs and while we work hard at keeping going it can get tough.

"That said we have a good solid side for this division when everybody is available and we feel we will surprise one or two along the way as we usually do."

All things considered it is easy to see Burndennett surprise a few as they say but they would equally happily take a 5th or 6th placed finish now if it was offered.

The problem with an 8-team league is that if you aren't competing for promotion you're usually in the relegation scrap.

Where Burndennett have the advantage is that they probably know which one they'll be in and that could be what keeps them afloat.