Irish League: All the transfers and the verdict on how each team will finish
Take a look at every Danske Bank Premiership team's summer signings
On the opening weekend of the Danske Bank Premiership season, Graham Luney has a look at how he reckons the league table will finish.
Linfield, of course, won the title with a storming run at the end of last season and Graham reckons they will hold on to that crown - doesn't everyone? But where does he think your team will finish? Have a look at our guide to each team, including all of their summer signings
Manager: David Healy
Captain: Jamie Mulgrew
Last season: Champions
Verdict: The Blues look well equipped to retain the championship, despite suffering a few early injuries. Boss David Healy has strengthened wisely.
INS: Jordan Stewart, Robert Garrett, Joshua Robinson, Andrew Mitchell.
OUTS: Sean Ward, Danny Wallace, Sammy Clingan, Kris Bright, Michael McLellan, Ross Gaynor, Jonny Frazer, TJ Murray, Seanna Foster, David Kee, Ross Glendinning, Adam Salley, Josh Carson, Kevin Amuneke, Jonny Fraser, Adam McCallum.
Manager: Stephen Baxter
Captain: Colin Coates
Last season: Second
Verdict: Crusaders will be hungry to reclaim the title but they have their work cut out against a powerful Linfield side who now know they possess a big game mentality.
INS: Mark McAllister, Brian Jensen, Sean Ward, Jamie Glackin, Mark McChrystal.
OUTS: Richard Clarke, Alan Keane, Andy Mitchell, Michael Gault, Mikel Suarez (loan to Carrick), Jordan Lyttle.
Manager: Barry Gray
Captain: Ryan Catney
Last season: Fifth
Verdict: With Joe Gormley back leading their attack, the Reds should possess a ruthless streak and there are indications of growing confidence in the camp.
INS: Joe Gormley, Brian Neeson, Jamie Harney, Liam Bagnall, Garry Breen, Brett Long (loan from Dundee United), Ciaran Caldwell.
OUTS: Peter Burke, Jason McGuinness, Marty Murray, Aaron Haire, Tiarnan McNicholl, James Knowles, Caoimhin Bonner, Andrew Mooney, Peter Burke, Paul Finnegan, Eamon Seydak, Daniel Reynolds (loan to Larne).
4. Ballymena United
Manager: David Jeffrey
Captain: Jim Ervin
Last Season: Fourth
Verdict: Another solid season for the Sky Blues but it will be difficult to break into that top three as a resurgent Cliftonville are expected to come on strong.
INS: Ross Glendinning, Conor Brennan, Steven McCullough, Andrew Burns, Steven McAlorum, Emmet Friars, Michael Gault.
OUTS: Allan Jenkins, Tim Allen, Kyle McVey, Stephen McBride, Denver Gage, Gavin Taggart, Darren Henderson, Michael Kerr, Daniel Wallace.
Manager: Oran Kearney
Captain: David Kee
Last Season: Third
Verdict: Can the Bannsiders hit the heights of last season? It's a big ask, particularly after depressing news on the injury front with James McLaughlin, Lyndon Kane and David Kee in the treatment room but the Irish Cup Final loss was valuable experience.
INS: Josh Carson, David Kee, Aaron Traynor, Stephen O'Donnell, Joe McCready, Matthew Kirk, Scot Whiteside.
OUTS: Jordan Allen, Neil McCafferty, Gary Twigg, Mark Edgar.
Manager: Colin Nixon
Captain: Gareth Tommons.
Last season: Eighth
Verdict: Ards finished the season strongly under new boss Colin Nixon and there’s no reason why they can’t kick on. Glentoran legend Nixon will target a top six spot and it is within the club’s grasp.
INS: Michael McLellan, Jonny Frazer, Scott Davidson, Samuel Johnston, Dave Elebert, Nathan Hanley.
Manager: Gary Hamilton
Captain: Jonny Tuffey
Last season: Sixth
Verdict: The Lurgan Blues have lost quite a bit of experience over the summer, leaving them with a youthful squad and that can lead to inconsistency. A failure to qualify for Europe hurt their spending plans too.
INS: Andy Mitchell, Marc Griffen, Sammy Clingan.
OUTS: Luke Fisher, James Gray, Renato, David Elebert, Andy Kilmartin, Kyle Neill, Greg Moorhouse, James Gray, Ciaran Martyn, Guy Bates.
8. Dungannon Swifts
Manager: Rodney McAree
Captain: Ryan Harpur
Last season: Seventh
Verdict: How will Dungannon cope without the goals of Andrew Mitchell? His tally of 25 last term will take some replacing, and it’s hard to see the Swifts improving on last season’s seventh place. They still have enough quality to stay well clear of the relegation dogfight though.
INS: Ryan Mayse, Liam McMenamin, Liam Hughes, Nathaniel Ferris, Grant Hutchinson
OUTS: Andrew Mitchell, Jamie Glackin, Jamie Douglas, Andrew Burns
Manager: Gary Haveron
Captain: Marcus Kane
Last season: Ninth
Verdict: The Glens, given their influx of young talent, are difficult to predict. It could be messy or magical. There's frustration among the fans and a good start is needed to allay fears.
INS: John McGuigan, Corey McMullan, Dylan Davidson, Daniel Kelly, Conall Delaney, Nathan Kerr, Tiarnan McNicholl, James Knowles.
OUTS: Nacho Novo, Ciaran Caldwell, Stephen O'Flynn, Stephen McAlorum, David Scullion, Chris Lavery, Jay Magee, Dale McCreery
10. Warrenpoint Town
Manager: Matthew Tipton
Captain: Stephen Moan
Last season: Championship winners
Verdict: Tipton has really shuffled his pack and Town are tipped by many to be a surprise package.
INS: Sean Mackle, Luke Fisher, Matty Parker, Darius Roohi, Darren Murray, Alan Blayney, Seanna Foster, Martin Murray, TJ Murray, Neil McCafferty, Danny Wallace, Jeremiah Dabrowski, Dale McCreery, Conall McGrandless, Beerat Turker, Jordan Lyttle.
OUTS: Phillip Donnelly, Stephen Maguire, Dermot McVeigh, John McGuigan, Aaron Traynor, Darren King, Liam Bagnall, Ruairi Croskery.
11. Ballinamallard United
Manager: Gavin Dykes
Captain: James McKenna
Last Season: 10th
Verdict: The Mallards could struggle to take flight again with newly-promoted Warrenpoint Town keen to impress
INS: Richard Clarke, Ciaran Martyn, Niall Brennan, Jonathan Laddy, Blaine Burns.
OUTS: Ryan Mayse, Liam McMenamin, James McGrath, Chris Crilly, Shane McCabe.
12. Carrick Rangers
Manager: David McAlinden
Captain: Mark Surgenor
Last season: Play-off
Verdict: David McAlinden and his boys face a tough assignment but they will not roll over for anyone.
INS: Chris Trussell, Martin Maybin, Gavin Taggart, Mark Edgar, Denver Gage, Stuart McMullan, Dale Malone, Michael Smith, Harry Doherty, Michael McKenna, Mikel Suarez (loan from Crusaders), Andrew Mooney, Sean Fogarty, Ben Roy.
OUTS: Daniel Kelly, Brian Neeson, Martin Murray, Kyle McVey, Glenn Taggart, Stephen McCullough, Johnny Wilson, Nathan Hanley.
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