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Jonny Frazer tips Ards to climb table as he jets off to Oz

 

By Graham Luney

Jonny Frazer is confident Ards can win their survival fight as he prepares to say his farewells and head to Australia.

Frazer is heading Down Under on December 29 and it appears he has played his last game for the north Down men, who are bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership, four points adrift of Newry City who have played a game less.

It's been a turbulent campaign for Colin Nixon's men, with a catalogue of injuries thrown in, and Frazer's exit is another untimely blow to the basement battlers.

Glentoran legend Nixon will look to add new signings next month and former Linfield ace Frazer is hopeful his comrades will be smiling come the end of the campaign.

"Hopefully when I return in a year's time Ards will still be in the top flight and doing well," said Frazer.

"Nicky has been very good with me and I've really enjoyed my time with Ards. I wish them every success in the future and I'm confident they can get out of trouble.

"My leaving is possibly another blow to the club but I am sure a few new faces will come in in January and hopefully they will have better luck with injuries.

"I haven't been on the pitch as much as I would have liked and it just seems that this season everything that could have went against us has. I strongly believe the squad is a lot stronger than the results suggest.

"In the last few seasons Colin has been able to add quality to the team and despite not having the biggest budget in the league they have been very competitive."

Frazer has been in contact with former Coleraine ace Johnny Black who is enjoying his life and football in Australia.

"I've been granted a year's sabbatical from my work with BT and hopefully I can link up with a club in Australia," the 22-year-old added.

"The standard is decent there and Ards agreed to release me from my contract which had six months to run.

"I've been in contact with Johnny Black who has just joined Altona City in Melbourne and am looking to get a few trials at clubs. If you can play in their third or fourth division there could be opportunities to move up a level.

"Jim O'Hanlon and Jordan Dane are in Australia too and hopefully I can get settled with a club there.

"At the end of the year I'll see what other opportunities arise."

Ards defender Craig McClean also believes his side can steer away from the drop zone if they can turn their performances into some positive results.

"We are competing in every single game," he insisted. "It's not like teams are rolling us over. We are creating chances but just not taking as many as we would like.

"It's fine lines in football and you've got to take your chances. We have four games before January and possibly a few new additions so we have to pick up as many points as we can.

"We have a young group who are learning but if we keep working hard our luck will turn."

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