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Star are set to sparkle thanks to their exciting new arrivals

 

By David Kelly

New season and virtually a whole new team for Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill as he prepares to lead his men into All Ireland League action.

Star have brought in half a dozen new players, including Americans Ryan Oliver and Garret Galvin as well as a Latvian, a Frenchman and the return of Belfast twins Conor and Aidan Quinn.

Star, who start their campaign away to Kubs in Dublin, were repeatedly frustrated last season by a lack of firepower and O'Neill has worked hard in his recruitment to solve that particular problem.

"Last year we did three quarters of the work and then just could not finish the job but with the quality we have brought in I would like to think that we will be a bigger threat," said O'Neill.

"Going into the first game there is a sense of excitement and a little apprehension because we have so many new faces and you just want to see them gel.

"We had three friendly games in Galway last weekend and I was very pleased with how we performed. Now it's the real thing and we'll know a lot more after the Kubs match."

The return of the talented Quinn twins from America is a significant boost for Star, though O'Neill insists that expectations cannot be too high.

"Having Conor and Aidan back is great for us, they add quality but we're not going to win or lose games simply on how they perform and I think people can't be too demanding of them," added O'Neill.

"They're coming back into the league after a few years away and it's a lot more physical than the American college set-up."

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