Young stars could be key to rebuilding job at Glentoran: Haveron
Glentoran boss Gary Haveron admits he faces a busy summer - and that could signal the end for a posse of his current squad.
The ailing East Belfast club face a rejuvenated Ards at the Oval in their final game of the Danske Bank Premiership campaign in what may be a meaningless fixture but, for some, it will be the final time they pull on the famous green jersey.
Frustrated Haveron has slowly been running out of patience and, even though the Glens have just enjoyed back to back home wins - against Carrick Rangers and Portadown - for the first time in over 12 months, the league table doesn't lie.
They sit in a disappointing ninth place, falling way short of even claiming a spot in the Europa League play-offs.
It means that Haveron will again be working with a reduced budget, but he is determined to rebuild the squad, incorporating some of the exciting young breed that has come through the club's academy.
"What club couldn't do with an extra £200,000 bonanza in a financial world where everyone is tightening their belts?" asked Haveron.
"We don't have European money, so our budget will not be what we hoped for.
"The reality is our European play-off chances just didn't disappear because of recent results, it's been over the course of the season.
"That just about sums up this current group - we fell short of what's required for this club and its expectations.
"So what we need to do is to address that problem in the off-season and bring in the players to compliment the boys that will be staying."
Haveron has demonstrated that he is not afraid to give youth a fling. He added: "We had five teenagers on the pitch at the end of the game last week against Portadown.
"That bodes well for the future. The kids play with no fear - they've got energy and pace. Although it has been a disappointing season, our academy has been a shining light.
"In the past, Glentoran had a tendency to pay out big money for players that had no affiliation to the club and perhaps didn't get a return for their cash. That will not be the case from now on. We must make the club attractive to other players, people who want to play for the shirt.
"Financially, we have to work with what we've got to hopefully sign the players that we identify. If they are not affordable, then we'll have to look elsewhere."