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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

1. Linfield

Manager: David Healy

Captain: Jamie Mulgrew

Last season: Champions

Prediction: 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.

2. Crusaders

Manager: Stephen Baxter

Captain: Colin Coates

Last season: Second

Prediction: 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.

3. Cliftonville

Manager: Barry Gray

Captain: Ryan Catney

Last season: Fifth

Prediction: Third

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

Prediction: 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.

5. Coleraine

Manager: Oran Kearney

Captain: David Kee

Last Season: Third

Prediction: Fifth

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.

6. Ards

Manager: Colin Nixon

Captain: Gareth Tommons.

Last season: Eighth

Prediction: Sixth

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.

7. Glenavon

Manager: Gary Hamilton

Captain: Jonny Tuffey

Last season: Sixth

Prediction: Seventh

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

Prediction: Eighth

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

9. Glentoran

Manager: Gary Haveron

Captain: Marcus Kane

Last season: Ninth

Prediction: 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

Prediction: Tenth

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

Prediction: Play-off

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

Prediction: Relegated

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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