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Belfast Star's Neil McCotter remains optimistic despite loss

By David Kelly

Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter shrugged off a shock defeat in the end-of-season League Cup and looked ahead to next season with huge optimism.

Star, missing eight regular All-Ireland Premier League players, went down 106-99 away to Kilkenny to bring an end to their rollercoaster campaign this year.

Coach McCotter has seen his side hit some real highs and lows throughout the past six months but overall insists he has seen enough to believe Star have the makings of a team who can challenge for silverware.

McCotter said: "I can't say I'm gutted by the loss on Saturday night because we were missing so many players and honestly I think the tournament is a waste of time at the end of the season.

"Credit to Kilkenny because they played very well and wanted it more. Now we have to look ahead to next year and I have to say there are a lot of positives to take into next season. This is a team that can really go places."

McCotter is hoping that he can add one or two more quality players which the Belfast man believes can give his side that extra strength in depth for next season.

He added: "If we had someone like Paul Dick then we would be serious challengers for a trophy. With one or two more top players we can go to another level."

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