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Larne boss Lynch can't wait to see his middle men flourish on top-flight stage

 

Larne manager Tiernan Lynch celebrates winning promotion.
Photo Colm lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Larne manager Tiernan Lynch celebrates winning promotion. Photo Colm lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

By Steven Beacom

Larne manager Tiernan Lynch is excited by the prospect of seeing his two midfield generals Jeff Hughes and Mark Randall go to work in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Former Arsenal star Randall is one of Larne's stand-out summer signings and playing alongside ex-Northern Ireland international Hughes could see the Inver Park outfit possess one of the best middle of the park combinations in the Irish League.

Lynch explained that the pair showed their qualities during the club's recent pre-season tour to Poland where they played German side Chemnitzer and Polish team Arka Gdynia.

"We played two really good sides in Poland, one of which was a powerful German team filled with athletes and the other against the Polish side who were big, strong and well drilled and Jeff did really, really well in both," said Lynch.

"Mark Randall had that touch of class about him too so it is exciting for us in that area. We're looking forward to seeing them play in the top flight."

Having gone to Andorra to warm up for their successful Championship campaign last season, Lynch felt the Poland venture was extremely useful.

"It was a brilliant trip. The complex we went to was purpose built for Spain at the Euro 2012 finals," stated the Larne boss. "It was a small hotel with good rooms, spa, pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. It had bowling on site and a cinema plus two good pitches. We got a lot of excellent work done tactically and with team bonding.

"It should stand us in good stead when the season starts."

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