It may be the end of season break for many at Albion Rovers Football Club, but there’s no rest for manager Darren Young, who is already well underway for next seasons preparations. He spoke to us today, letting us know how his take on signings players, pre-season friendlies and his role for next season.
“First of all, we’re delighted that Ross Davidson has once again agreed to sign, he’s has played a major part in what we have achieved in these past two seasons.
“It was no coincidence that other teams were after him as he had another good season. He has improved once again and along with a few other players in the team has what it takes to step up another level.”
“We also managed to sign up goalkeeper Ross Stewart, who had a tremendous season last year. He was part of that stubborn back five and played a massive part in helping us achieve the second best defensive record behind Dunfermline.
“It was his first full season and he handled himself brilliantly. He also earned himself a call up to the Scotland U21 squad which he more than deserved and also for a team like Albion Rovers is unbelievable. If he performs like he did last season then I don’t expect him to be around much longer as bigger teams will come calling.”
“We’ve also managed to get full-back Kyle Turnbull and Paul Willis signed up too. It’s great to have both boys signed up again. Kyle has improved and progressed again and been a big part of the defence that has been magnificent for us over the past 2 seasons. He’s been part of that solid base that has allowed the more flair/attacking players go ahead and do their stuff. ”
“Paul came in and started off well for us last season linking between the midfield and the forward players. Unfortunately and at a crucial part of the season he then missed a few months due to a niggling injury. He will tell you himself that he was disappointed with his goals return and I’m sure in the season ahead we will get to see the best of him again and a few more goals into the bargain.”
Also confirmed during mid-week was the pre-season friendly against Celtic, whilst a further clash at home to Motherwell looks likely.
“The Celtic game has been confirmed for Thursday the 4th of August. The Motherwell game will be confirmed after the League Cup Draw.
“Celtic will probably be a Development side, depending on what Brendan wants to do and the Motherwell team will be a mix of First Team and Development.”
Whilst Darren’s playing time was limited during last season due to the form of others in midfield, however, the 37 year old has suggested he has no plans to hang-up his boots any time soon.
“I will still very much be involved in training and games. I kept myself out the side last season because the players performances kept me out. I will do pre-season and play the games and if I still feel I can contribute then I will continue.”
It’s been a hugely big week for Rovers with the announcement of a high-profile friendly match, new signings, whilst season tickets too are also now on sale. Darren made it clear the enormity of the purchase of these tickets if we are to reach the next level.
“It’s pretty simple, the more Season Tickets sales there are the more money the club will bring and have to put towards, budget, pitch, stadium improvements and so much more. Plus, it really helps the boys on the pitch give that wee extra bit of effort.”