INSTITUTE Football Club’s Head of Development boss, Paul Kee, holds the view that adding new faces to his squad will provide the necessary impetus to take the current team forward.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
And he harbours hopes that tomorrow’s trip to Inver Park will reignite the hunger and confidence levels which appear to have deserved the men from Drumahoe.
That said, Kee didn’t have too many problems with the performance exhibited against Carrick Rangers at Taylor’s Avenue last week despite the 3-0 defeat, the league leaders netting two goals late in the second half.
Mark Scoltock, who returned to the Riverside Stadium for last week’s game, will not be availble for the Larne match, the centre-half having commitments in England this weekend.
However, whould international clearance arrive in time, former Derry City striker, Sean McCarron, will make his debut alongside Joe McCready and this newlook pair could play a significant role in Stute’s disappointing displays in the final third.
Kee has also signed Strabane teenager, Jason McGrinder, another striker who is anxious to step up into the senior arena having impressed in the Fermanagh & Western League this season.
And Antrim Gaelic footballer, Mark Kelly, is another target from Chimney Corner, the frontman understood to be keen to join Kee at the Riverside Stadium.
“A few things are up in the air at the moment, but I think we’re makinng progress,” claimed Kee last night.
“Sean McCarron has arrived on loan from Derry City and I intend to be speaking to another few players over this weekend as I have until the end of the month to recruit new players,” he added.
Strength in depth has been a constant problem in Drumhoe and while acknowledging that new faces need to settle in, he believes the very presence of new staff will lift those currently involved in the squad.
“My experience tells me that new players will not only freshen up the squad but they will also bring something new to the table. Institute suffered relegation last season and, as a result, lost a number of players.
“Not only am I trying to replace them, I also believe I must break a number of habits which have been festering at the club this season.
“We’ve got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and try to play with more quality and belief if we’re to get back up the table.
“In short, I think we’ve got to get a head of steam over the final eight matches - similar to the run Distillery enjoyed last season when they avoided relegation and Institute went down,” claimed Kee.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s encounter, Kee felt that Larne had been a team floating about midtable but they will have been boosted by their 2-0 victory in midweek over Ballyclare Comrades.
“We’ve got to look at the teams positioned around us and take it from there. I think the next five weeks will tell a tale as we will be facing quite a few of those teams and, therefore, it would be good to get a result at Inver Park.
“I think a goal would lift our spirits and if we can get a bit of good form over the final eight matches, we could lift ourselves out of difficulty.”
‘Stute entertained a Derry City Select side on Wednesday night recording a 3-0 victory over John Quigg’s youngsters with McCarron and McGrinder both scoring in that match.
“We looked decent in the final third of the pitch in the pratcise game, so it served a good purpose but we’ve got to start hitting the net regularly and I’d certainly be delighted if that proved to be the case at Inver Park,” continued Kee.
“Mark Scoltock will miss the game, so we’ll have a change in defence but if we can get Sean McCarron’s clearance through I think that will certainly help the performance of Joe McCready in the front line.”
Having conceded five goals in his late two games, Kee is also anxious to shore up his back line and the addition of new keeper, Ben Moane, has also been positive, following his performance last weekend.
“Larne will provide us with a physical challenge and we must be prepared to match that. Hopefully some of the new signings will be in a position to play and we’ll take it from there,” he concluded.
“Storky” joins Institute
Meanwhile, former Derry City winger, Paul Carlyle has also joined the management team at Institute, the Creggan man expected to occupy a place in the dugout at tomorrow’s game.
Following the Larne fixture, ‘Stute must face Loughgall, Ballyclare, Banbridge and Ballymoney in their next four games, matches the Drumahoe side are certainly capable of securing a decent points return from those fixtures with the final two games against Limavady United and Ballinamallard.