Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:57:05 PM
This evening Alloa Athletic manager Barry Smith started to prepare for another exciting season in the Scottish Professional Football League Championship for season 2014/15. It is the start of another era at the club which has been in an upward spiral during the last three seasons, with back to back promotions and now consolidation in the Championship, which was last achieved back in season 1982/83 when player manager Willie Garner maintained the club’s status for Season 1983/84.
The manager has started his rebuilding for next season by releasing both Darren Young and Andy Kirk, who will move on this summer and thanks them for their services and commitment to Alloa Athletic FC.
Darren has been a model professional over the past three years as a player, captain, leader, coach and his help with Community Club. Andy Kirk joined the club last summer, adding experience to “The Wasps” attack, but at times having to play the lone striker role and trying to hold the ball up, a tireless worker whose six goals for the club this season were very important in achieving the club’s ambition of staying in the Championship for next season, both players have been excellent for the club and the club would like to wish them all the best for the future.
Eleven players have been offered contracts for next season – Scott Bain, Kevin Cawley, Michael Doyle, Eddie Ferns, Ben Gordon, Graeme Holmes, Ryan McCord, Craig McDowall, Daryll Meggatt, Stephen Simmons and Jonathan Tiffoney. Willie Robertson and Iain Flannigan have been offered to come back for Pre Season training and both James Creaney and Jason Marr have been given time during the close season to come back and prove their fitness to manager Barry Smith.