BONDS GLEN

  • Skipper- Derek Curry
  • Ins- Ewald Roberts
  • Outs- Jacques Mulder, Graham Boyd, Kyle Magee
  • Overseas player- Ewald Roberts

It has been a difficult winter for the Glen men as they lost skipper Graham Boyd back to Donemana and talented teenager Kyle Magee to Brigade.

On top of that Richard Hepburn looks likely to miss much of the season as well and new captain Derek Curry has a bit of a job on his hands to steady the ship.

There's a change of overseas player too- Ewald Roberts replacing fellow countryman Jacques Mulder ahead of the new season.

Thankfully it's not all bad news for "Fraggle" however- the club are also hopeful of bringing in at least one and possibly two new players before next Saturday.

Bee Gees spokesman Johnny Haslett suggested that despite losing players, plenty of positive work is continuing at the club.

"It's always disappointing when you lose players especially at the smaller clubs. Graham wanted to go back to Donemana and we understood that.

"We tried hard to keep Kyle. He's still very young and could probably have benefitted with another Championship season under his belt but we respect his decision.

"The truth is that we've worked very hard to build a solid youth structure. We have under-11, under-13 and under-15 teams and have two lads- Raymond Curry and Ben Nixon in the Regional Development squad.

"We're trying to do things the right way and hopefully our 2nd XI will see more of those youngsters breaking through this season.

"To be honest we're hoping to give a couple of them a run out in the 1st XI over the summer as well. It is now the job of the more senior players to help those youngsters bed in and to hold the fort so to speak until they're ready to take the club forward themselves."

As for now though it is all about consolidation.

Overseas player Roberts is a 22-year old batting all-rounder and comes recommended by former Ardmore player Marlo Jardine.

He has a big role to play if the Bee Gees are to steer well clear of the basement battle.