Clarke eyeing bonus of Glentoran's title tilt
Glentoran players returned to the training pitch last night with a determination to put the club’s financial troubles behind them by cashing in on a major win bonus.
And for the club who has found itself in the red off the pitch, the target now is to catch the Reds on the pitch.
Having received October’s wages at the weekend and with the promise that November’s will come through within the next week, Eddie Patterson’s squad now wants to focus on making positive headlines rather than repeating those from last week, when the first-team squad stayed away from training.
While those inside the Glentoran dressing room have been very quiet with regards to what their goals are for the season, a shot at the league title is definitely on the agenda.
“We need to train to be as well prepared as we can be for matches on Saturdays and I think it showed a little bit against Ballinamallard that we hadn’t been together last week,” said midfielder Richard Clarke.
“The games are coming thick and fast over the next six weeks or so, there are a lot of big games too and that’s what we need to be thinking about.
“We need to be in the best position to go out every Saturday and get three points in order to get ourselves up the table.
“There’s a long way to go and we want to get ourselves into a position to challenge at the top of the table.
“It’s a crazy season and with teams dropping points all over the place we need to be able to capitalise when opportunities come our way.
“Although I trained with a club local to me we didn’t like not training together.
“That’s what we’re about. We’re part of a football club and we want what’s best for the club.
“Hopefully now things will be sorted out finally and we can put our minds to playing football and winning matches.”
Meanwhile Newry City are putting plans in place to reform in time for next season.
The club was wound-up by the High Court in September after their former manager Gerry Flynn won a case following the non-payment of £25,000 he was awarded for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract.
An open meeting is due to be held at the club on Tuesday December 18, where it is hoped that members of the local business community will be engaged to help finance the club’s return.
After being thrown out of the Belfast Telegraph Championship by the Irish FA and a route back blocked they will now return in the Mid-Ulster League.
Northern Ireland could face the Republic of Ireland and England in the Elite qualifying round of the Uefa under-17 Championships.
The draw for the final qualification stage will be made in Nyon, Switzerland today.
Stephen Robinson’s side are in the fourth pot, while the draw will be made by Irish FA Life President Jim Boyce, who is head of Uefa’s Youth and Amateur Committee chairman.