Tommy Wright last night defended his ability to bring new players to cash-strapped Lisburn Distillery.
The players already at the club pledged their immediate futures to the Whites by agreeing to a wage deferral last week.
The Ballyskeagh board are currently in the process of trying to sell the ground in order to pay off debts of around £250,000, but on the playing side of things Wright insists it’s business as usual.
“What we do as far as signing players is nobody else’s business and they don’t know what we’ve signed players for,” said Wright.
“It’s called management and I’ve to manage a team as well as a budget.
“We’ve had Mark McChrystal leave, Davitt Walsh, Jason Mok and Chris Kingsberry has been released.
“That’s four players who have gone which has freed up some money, we’ve brought in two — Austin Friel and Joe McDonnell — who both agreed to the same terms as the players already here.”
The Whites remain six points adrift of Institute at the foot of the Carling Premiership table, but Wright remains confident of achieving top-flight survival.
“The problem we have had is that we’ve been playing catch-up from day one,” he said.
“Over the last few weeks there are maybe three or four teams whose form is worse than ours, but they have points on the board.”
e THE Distillery Supporters Trust are holding a Poker Night in aid of the club at Ballyskeagh on Saturday January 30 from 7.30pm. Entrance fee is £10.