It's been a quiet summer for Glenavon boss Marty Quinn — but that’s just the way he wanted it.
Having joined the Lurgan club midway through last season, the ex-Bangor manager has had more than enough time to look at what he’s got and for the time being at least, he’s happy with his lot.
Only Stuart King and Shea Campbell have been added to the Mourneview men’s squad as Quinn admits he’s giving his present line-up the chance to stake their claim for a future role in his Mid Ulster revolution.
“It has been a bit quiet on the transfer front, but that was my own doing,” said Quinn, speaking at the launch of the new Carling Premiership yesterday.
“I came in last season and told the players that it was up to them to show me they are good enough to stay here.
“I’ve showed faith in them and I will continue to do that this season. They showed me at the tail end of last season that they are good players, but they have to keep that up.
“I know that they are better than some of the positions that they have ended up in over the past few years, but they have to get that bit of consistency and momentum going to try and push up the table.”
Quinn is also being realistic in his objectives for this campaign. It seems that the proposed revolution is a long-term project and a steady move forward is all the former Coleraine boss is asking for.
“We can’t start by saying we are going to win this and that or finish in the top three,” he admitted.
“What I want from this season is to make sure that we don’t get involved in another relegation battle.
“I’d love to be in the top six at the split, but realistically I would say that somewhere even on the edge of that would do me at this stage.
“I’d love to win a trophy, but a good run would be a step forward.
“And finally I want to win the Mid-Ulster derbies and give the fans something to shout about.
“The fans here have been through a lot over the past few years and we want to put a smile back on their faces.
“We have great facilities and off the pitch the club is run really well.
“Now it’s time to do something on the pitch again.”