It's all hands to the pump for Glentoran at the moment — on and off the pitch.
On top of the club’s well documented financial woes, manager Scott Young sees his squad stretched to the limit after Sean Ward broke his collar-bone in the midweek Co. Antrim Shield semi-final success over Crusaders, while Elliott Morris and Colin Nixon are nursing hamstring injuries.
Paul Leeman is no stranger to having to fill in when the need arises, although he hasn’t been handed the gloves again as memorably happened when he set off on his Glentoran career many moons ago.
James Taylor is also performing, despite sustaining a knee injury, so ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Lisburn Distillery it means that Mr Versatile Leeman is awaiting instructions
“I’ve been playing in different positions since coming back from injury but you have to do that as we are down to our bare bones,” explained Leeman.
“Sean (Ward) has been our best player so it’s a huge blow. When you lose the three most consistent players you have it’s not good news. Every match now we are thinking ‘we can’t afford more injuries’. We have players to come back like Jamie McGovern and Jimmy Callagher so we have to keep going.
Leeman will always give 100 per cent for the Glens when he crosses the white line, but he admits that negative headlines surrounding the Oval club’s tax problems are getting to him.
“What is going on should not play a part in what will happen on the pitch but obviously players are thinking about it because it concerns their future,” he said.
“Personally speaking, I’m a supporter as well as a player so you do think about it but the manager has been good by keeping us concentrating on the game.
“We all want to stay here to help the club continue to survive.”