Uk news Buffs boss keen to keep 'model pros' as he reveals fears over prolonged break PremierLeague-News.Com
MetiNews.Com - Planning has already started for next season as lower leagues remain in limbo.
Breaking News ! Kilwinning Rangers boss Chris Strain admits he fears losing two of his most trusted stars if the West of Scotland League fails to get up and running again. With the lower leagues suspended until at least March 1, Strain says he's already started planning for next season. And while he's confident of keeping most of his squad together, Strain reckons persauding a couple of his more experienced players to stick around could potentially prove tricky. Goalkeeper Adam Strain, 41, and midfielder Liam McGuiness, 36, are the oldest members of the Buffs squad and Strain is bracing himself for some bad news. Download the Ayrshire Live app today The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7. The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you. The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android. He said: "It's a difficult situation for everyone at this level just now, but especially the players. "The uncertainty of when or if we will be back playing again this season isn't ideal and the boys have had to adapt to that. "I've turned one eye to next season already and started thinking about who will be here and who might not be. Strain is confident of keeping most of his squad together (Image: Irvine Herald) "I'm quite lucky in that I've got a young team and I get the vibe the boys want to keep going with us.
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"We've got the likes of Adam Strain, Ricky Hanvey and Liam McGuinness who fall into that category. "Ricky maybe less so, but Adam and Liam are at the stage of their careers where it could go one of two ways.
Adam Strain has been one of Chris Strain's most consistent performers
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"I'm hoping they'll want to stay on but as you get older other factors come into play that you weigh up like spending time with your family, especially if you have kids. "Adam and Liam are both model professionals and great influences in the dressing room so I'm really hoping they would want to keep playing.
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"You hope they would come back from a break refreshed and raring to go. "But I also know from my own experience as a player that the older you get, and the longer you're away from the game the harded it is to get your fitness back."
Strain also insists he's looking forward to leading his team out at a revamped Buffs Park next season. Work is progressing well on new stands – including a seated area – and a new bar area. Floodlights are also in place. Strain said: "There's all sorts of work going on at the park right now and it will be some place when it's finished.
"I don't think there will be many better grounds outside the SPFL Championship when completed."
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