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Skipper Predicts Strong Start To The Season

30 June 2015

Skipper Liam Kelly has been working hard throughout the off-season to get ready for the new campaign under new manager Darren Kelly.

The 25-year-old, signed in the summer of 2014, is now back in training fully revitalised, ready for action and expects a better start to the season compared to last.

He said: "I'm pleased to be back in training. I've been looking forward to the start of pre-season and I think the squad is starting to take shape. With one or two more additions we should be good to start playing some games. 

"The good thing about this summer is there isn't a high turn over of players that there was last season. Players have got an extra years experience in this league and the players know each other better so we should get off to a better start than we did last season. That is the aim and there is no reason why we shouldn't be pushing for the top six this season.

"The manager has been fantastic. I've got the chance to meet him a few times now and he knows what he is talking about in terms of football and we're looking forward to get down to work and working on his new ideas on philosophies he would like to play. It's something all the players are really looking forward to."

Kelly has spent his summer in Dubai, Milton Keynes and Scotland and is looking forward to going back up north as Latics face St Mirren and Stirling Albion during their pre-season campaign.

"St Mirren will be a good game. They got relegated last season but they are a good team with good players and I imagine they will have a few trialists playing so it will be good to go back up there. 

"I played against them a few times whilst I was up in Scotland and I'm looking forward to going up there again," continued Kelly.

"I don't know a great deal about Stirling. I know the facility we are training at; I've trained there before so it should be a good week of training against good opposition so it will be a good way for the players to get to know each other and build up a bit of fitness and match sharpness."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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