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Belfast Star off to a flyer and still in market for new players


By David Kelly

Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill may have just enjoyed back-to-back victories with his new-look side but insists he hasn't finished tinkering with his squad.

On Saturday night, O'Neill watched Star simply crush Maree 109-64 at Methodist College in their opening home match of the All Ireland Superleague campaign with American Ryan Oliver top scoring on 26, while Conor Quinn hit 21.

O'Neill was naturally delighted with the manner of the victory but admits that Star's first true test of character will come this weekend when they travel to Dublin to meet DCU Saints.

In between preparation for that game, O'Neill revealed that he will still be working on new recruits before the registration window closes this Friday.

"I'm working on bringing in one or even two more players. If I can add more quality to the players that we have brought in then I'll do it because I want us to be as strong as we can possibly be this season," said O'Neill.

"I'm still wheeling and dealing so we'll see if something can be done before Friday.

"I'm certainly happy with the players we have brought in over the summer. It's virtually a whole new-look team and they are working very well together."

Though O'Neill did offer a word of caution in regard to any over-inflated optimism after two crushing victories.

"In fairness we've played the two weakest teams in the league so we can't get too carried away and it's when we face someone like Marian or Swords that we will have a better idea of where we're at and if we can genuinely compete for silverware," he said.

"We will know a lot more after this weekend when we have faced DCU because they will be coming off a good win against Moycullen.

"The really positive thing is that we are scoring and we're getting scores across the bench. Last year we just couldn't put the ball in the basket but that's not an issue at the moment."

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