New Bamber Bridge assistant manager Neil Reynolds can’t wait for new season to get underway - just days after the old one finished!
Brig finished seventh this season, 10 points off the play-offs, and reached the final of the Lancashire Trophy.
The Irongate outfit will be looking to better this in 2011/12 and follow in the footsteps of promoted neighbours Chorley
Reynolds said: “We’re not going to put much pressure on ourselves by saying that we will aim for the play-offs, but we do know we’ve got a good bunch of lads here, and we want to do as well as we possibly can.
“We did well this season by finishing seventh, under some teams that have spent a lot more money than us, and to finish not too far away from them is great.
“We were disappointed not to win the cup, having got to the final, but that’s football, you just have to get on with it.”
The player-assistant took up the position on a permanent basis in April, when the club parted company with manager Tony Greenwood.
The move came when there was a lot of speculation over Reynolds’ future at Irongate. But now he is just looking to the future as Brig’s assistant.
He said: “I really enjoyed managing at Clitheroe, but I don’t really fancy being a manager, I’d much rather stick to assisting and coaching.”
Brig have already secured the services of promising players such as Ally Waddecar and Luke Atherton, who have agreed improved terms. Defender George Bowyer also pledged his future to the club by signing a new deal.
The Brig reserves have also put on a fine show this year to win their league, and Reynolds is hoping a few of them will burst into the first team.
The midfield leader added: “We watched the reserves come close to the double the other night, and we think everybody in the reserves has an equal opportunity to prove themselves.
“I’ll certainly put myself forward for a few games, as and when I’m needed too, hopefully my experience will help.
“13 or 14 of us are off to Magaluf, Majorca, for the end of season break. It shows we’ve got a good team spirit here.”