Raheny United manager Chris McDonnell believes his side can thrive in the AUL Premier A next season.
Raheny were promoted to the top division in the top Dublin Junior league by the AUL Committee after Eastwall Bessborough pulled out and Rivervalley Rangers were rulled in and out in a matter of a week.
United seem a side with big ambitions highlighted by the appointment of McDonnell, who was recently part of Gerry Davis’s management team with the Irish side competing at the UEFA Regions Cup in Istanbul.
They obviously impressed the AUL in the interview process, but the fact they finished second from bottom in Premier B did have some asking questions.
It has to be noted their have been changes at United, Sheriff B are not allowed to get promoted and the fact a number of mid table Premier B finishers have departed for the LSL.
However, regardless of outside opinion the manager is confident he has a side that can compete at the level and determined to prove as much.
“I believe we will be competitive and we look forward to meeting some genuinely top calibre clubs over the coming season. We have pre-seasoned well and have some exciting and experienced talent within our ranks and it’s with a huge degree of expectancy that we face into the new season,” the manager told Herald Striker.
“We have the highest of ambitions but we know it’s only going to be achieved by going out onto the field of play and delivering on the potential we feel we are capable of delivering on.
“I would also like to thank the Athletic United for giving Raheny United the chance to compete in this excellent league. It’s a great challenge and we look forward to not only showing we can compete but can also thrive at this level and live up to the belief they have shown in us.”