INSTITUTE’S Head of Development Paul Kee has admitted he is still looking for new additions to his squad ahead of tomorrow’s Ladbrokes.com Championship opener against Bangor at the Riverside Stadium (k.o. 3.00pm).
Kee (right), who will work alongside coaches Paul Carlyle, Allan Blair and Brian Donaghy, will be without experienced duo Joe Gray (long term injury) and Mark Scoltock (holiday) for the clash with Frankie Wilson’s team but he has already seen enough in pre-season to suggest his team can build on last year’s impressive finish.
“We finished the season very strong and hope to get off to a good start,” explained Kee.
“The players have set high standards in pre-season and have been very competitive in the games we’ve played in to date. We let a few players go at the end of the season and have brought some in who we feel will have the necessary qualities but we are currently looking for more players. We won’t be rushed as players have to buy into what we’re trying to do and our system of play.”
With the club’s new £1million stand due to officially open on September 1st, these are exciting times for Institute and Kee had nothing but praise for the work going on behind the scenes.
“I’m very much looking forward to the new season. This is an exciting time for the club as a lot of investment off the field of play has gone into the ground and there now is a stadium that the local community can be proud of. Congratulations must go to the Ground Development Committee and all connected with the project.”
The Northern Ireland Under 17 manager stressed that, despite severe budget restrictions, he still believes the club can be challenging at the top of the table.
“We have a limited playing budget so we will be targeting senior players that are within our budget and also looking to promote our youth players we have brought into the club, that will be the plan.
“Supporters will see young players getting games this year and I’d ask them to be patient with these young players as it’ll benefit the club in the long term.
“We will try to develop a holistic game with good passing moves and build up play so the players will be encouraged to do this in all of our games and hopefully they can then make the necessary impressions in order entertain and also get results to challenge for the top of the league.
“It will be an interesting year ahead for team as we look to develop local and young players for the future of Institute,” he added.