“WE WANT TO IMPROVE ON WHAT WE’VE STARTED” – TAYLOR
Limerick manager Stuart Taylor says the club are keen to “improve on what we’ve started” as he turned his attention to the 2014 campaign, with the “building programme” underway with the arrival of Shane Duggan on Wednesday.
As the signing of the Limerick-born midfielder from Cork City was confirmed, so too was the departure of seven players from the past season. That announcement brought to eight the number of players leaving the club, after Pat Purcell’s retirement from League of Ireland football earlier in the month.
Taylor reflected on what was a seventh-placed finish that he would have grabbed at the start of the year and he looked ahead to the new season with a focus on improvements.
Each season, the Scot said, will get bigger in what is a “building process” for the Superblues, with the few targets that they missed this year giving them “motivation” going forward.
“Overall, I was really, really happy with how the season went,” Taylor said as he looked back on the past year. “I thought the boys showed their worth in playing in the Premier Division.
“There were a lot of questions that people asked about them and I think they proved that they’re worthy of playing in the Premier Division, and doing it with pride as well. I thought they handled almost every occasion very well and they showed that they can go and pass the ball and do it with class.
“It was obviously disappointing in the last game of the season with the result and the way it worked out.
“But looking at the grand scheme of things and looking at the bigger picture, if we were told we would finish seventh at the start of the season we would have bitten your hand off for it.
“I’m very proud of the players. I thought they were excellent in how they went about their work and I think they’ve been very brave.
“To go to places where we’ve gone this season away from home and be brave on the ball and pass it the way we wanted to is a compliment to the players. How they’ve gone about their work is fantastic and that’s credit to them.
“I would say that a good amount of our targets were reached. The ones that weren’t reached spur us on and give us motivation for next year. Next season is huge and the season after that is massive.
“You’re always building. It’s a progressive club and we have to improve on what we’ve worked on this season and what we’ve started. It’s a building process. Coming into the league, we have achieved a lot more than what we expected, in all honesty. But there is no point in sitting back on that now. We’ve got to push on again.
“And if we can kick on and keep improving as much as we have done over the past season then all will be good and all will be healthy at the club.
“Certainly, we’re at the stage now of building again. We want to improve on what we’ve started, and we’ve started that building programme by bringing in Shane Duggan.
“We’re looking forward to next season but we’re still a club that’s improving and still building. That’s where we are at this moment in time – at the building stage of what we’re looking to achieve.”