Upbeat McKenna is hopeful Brig can win league next season

Paul McKenna, picture by Stefan Willoughby
Paul McKenna, picture by Stefan Willoughby
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Paul McKenna feels Bamber Bridge have what it takes to win the Evo-Stik Division One North title next season.

Brig came agonisingly close to sealing promotion this season but they fell at the last hurdle as they were defeated 2-0 in the play-off final against big spenders Darlington 1883.

Neil Crowe’s side finished third in the league table and once again surprised many of their competitors.

Midfielder McKenna admits Darlington and champions Salford City probably deserved to gain promotion.

But with all eyes on next season, the former Preston North End legend is quietly confident that he and his team-mates could go all the way.

“We need to build on the squad we’ve got,” McKenna told the Guardian.

“We’ve got the two big hitters out of the league, I think next season will be a lot fairer.

“This season we finished top of the pile behind Salford and Darlington.

“If we can finish above the same teams that we did this season next season, then we won’t be far off.”

McKenna initially signed with Brig last October after receiving a phone call off friend and assistant boss Neil Reynolds.

Since signing, McKenna has caught the non-league bug.

His performances have nothing short of superb and the impact he has had on players, fans and staff has been magnificent.

McKenna penned a new two-year deal with the club in early 2015.

The new contract clearly signals his intentions and he admitted he is loving life at Brig.

“I’m really enjoying my time here,” he said.

“I’m back playing with my friends, it’s pressure free football, it fits in well with my family and I’m not missing out on anything.

“I feel like I know the lads so our team spirit is unbelievable.

“I’m in contact with them all the time through the Whatsapp group and it all adds up to my enjoyment.

“We’re all going away on an end of season do this weekend, I don’t think I ever did that when I played professionally.

“Our team spirit has taken us all the way, the club has a great feeling about it.

“It’s better than anything I’ve seen at any professional club, things really are looking good for the future.”