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Carrick boss slams transfer targets' ambition

 

Frustrated: Niall Currie
Frustrated: Niall Currie

By Steven Beacom

Niall Currie has admitted his frustrations in attempting to bring in new players for Carrick Rangers, accusing some of preferring to sit on benches elsewhere than feature week in week out with his club.

Currie has worked wonders to bring Carrick into the top flight, earning promotion through the play-offs last season, and will do all he can to keep them there.

On a recruitment drive over the summer the Carrick boss has improved his panel with the likes of Mark Kelly, Willie Faulkner, Kyle Cherry and James Ferrin, but says he has missed out on others.

Ahead of today's home league game against Cliftonville, Currie stated: "Our chairman has been fantastic trying to strengthen as far as we can and has brought in some good players.

"We've also been trying to sign players who are or will be third or fourth choice at bigger clubs and they are choosing to stay and sit on the bench or not even make the squad rather than playing on a regular basis.

"As a 46-year-old manager I have found that frustrating because as a player I always wanted to play and develop."

Regardless, Carrick earned their first win back in the Danske Bank Premiership when they defeated Institute 1-0 at the Brandywell last weekend following losses to Crusaders and Larne.

Currie feels today's game with Cliftonville and next Friday's home encounter with Ballymena United are free hits for his players.

"These are free games for us. Cliftonville will come expecting to beat us and so will Ballymena United after that," said Currie.

"What we want to do no matter who they are is to make sure that teams who come to our ground are uncomfortable."

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