Friday, June 02, 2006

Red Rebels target next season boom

Source: Bury Times

By Marc Higginson

FOOTBALL may stop over the summer at most clubs, but not at FC United of Manchester.

The North West Counties Division Two champions have just come back from their debut European' game in Germany and already have one eye on next season.

The Red Rebels drew 4-4 against fellow fans club, Leipzig, earlier this month in a match that was a welcome respite from the rigours of a long, but equally successful season.

"The trip to Germany was good for team spirit and helped the lads to bond, away from the pressures of the league," said United assistant manager Phil Power.

"We have a little break now before pre-season training starts at the beginning of June, but the lads are already itching to get going again next season."

And, Power admits that he is looking forward to helping to build a side that can challenge for honours once again.

"We have identified the areas we need to strengthen for next season, and we are looking to bring in some good players," said the 39-year-old former Macclesfield Town striker. We are looking for a centre-half and a couple of strikers. We don't want to name names before we have signed anyone, but the players we have ear-marked are genuine quality."

United have also put into place plans for a reserve and youth team next season. Potential players have been invited to apply through the club's website, and Power is excited about the potential of the club's new set-up.

"There are always players that slip through the net of the bigger clubs, and it would be great if we could find one or two of them and bring them through," he said.