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Looking ahead: Adam Lecky is hoping Ballymena step it up

Looking ahead: Adam Lecky is hoping Ballymena step it up

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Looking ahead: Adam Lecky is hoping Ballymena step it up

Ballymena United striker Adam Lecky has warmly welcomed David Jeffrey's new deal at the Showgrounds.

Sky Blues boss Jeffrey and his assistant Bryan McLoughlin both agreed a two-year extension to their contracts.

The extension would see former Linfield boss Jeffrey become United's longest-serving manager and Lecky believes it's a development that was vital for the stability of the club.

"What has been achieved at the club is phenomenal, despite how this season has gone," said former Ballinamallard United ace Lecky.

"David and Bryan (McLoughlin) would have felt hurt and it could make them even hungrier to come back stronger.

"It's great for the club because if you start changing managers then squads and targets change and you don't know where you are going. It's good to have continuity and hopefully we can strengthen."

The Braidmen were in danger of losing Lecky in January when Glentoran tabled a £60,000 transfer bid, a fee that would have been an Irish League record.

Not too many Irish League clubs will consider making an offer like that for a player this year as they weather a financial storm whipped up by this coronavirus pandemic.

"We're all missing football," added Lecky. "At the time I welcomed a break because our season hadn't being going well no matter how hard we tried, and I felt it was a good time to maybe switch things off and on again.

"I felt we needed to have a good pre-season under our belt after this one but now no one knows when we will be back. I think the hunger and desire will come back. Once you don't have the football, you realise what it means to you.

"I can't see us returning anytime soon and when we do return teams have been out of action for a long time and the players won't be match fit. If we have to play three games a week when we do come back there could be plenty of injuries but I don't know what other options we have."

Belfast Telegraph