Bedlington Terriers chairman Ronan Liddane has spoken of the optimism around the northern league club as the new season approaches.
There was uncertainty around the club last season after being hit with a winding up petition, which officials are still in the process of resolving, and the performances on the pitch also slipped.
Ronan, approaching his second season in charge, said: “We assembled a great squad of players last season and our early form was good.
“However, due to financial constraints and injuries we ended the season poorly.
“I have learnt a great deal in my first season at the Terriers but fully intend to learn by my mistakes and will make every effort to get this club back on a sound footing.
“I have brought in former players Tony Burgess and John Egan as first team coaches, two lads who served the club with great distinction.
“Obviously finance plays a major part in the success of any club but we need support from the local community which is vital if we are to succeed.
“I am currently in the process of forming a working committee, people who have to be dedicated to the task ahead.
“In the 1990s Bedlington Terriers were a major force in the Northern League and I will exhaust every channel to get this great club back on top. However, I must stress we need the local community to get behind our efforts.”
On the pitch, the club are hoping to give a number of youngsters the chance alongside experienced players to give the club a strong foundation and future.
Ronan said: “It is my intention to bring in a number of youngsters coupled with the experienced players that are staying to get a solid foundation.
“The youngsters will get their chance and its in their court to make their mark. For my part last year was a learning curve and I don’t intend to repeat any mistakes.”
The club is also looking for a new press officer for the coming season. Anyone interested should contact Ronan Liddan on 07850 268711.