Lancaster City keeping squad together ahead of next season

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock. Picture: Peter Gray
Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock. Picture: Peter Gray
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All of Lancaster City’s squad from a successful first campaign under Darren Peacock are still with the club.

The head coach has invited all players back for pre-season and is of the understanding none have elected to the leave Giant Axe.

Peacock is also working hard to bring in new faces to complement a side that only missed out on the Evo-Stik First Division North play-offs on goal difference.

He said: “You hear rumours and some players might have had offers but all the players from last season have been invited back.

“We want to keep all of them and I’ve got verbal agreements with the likes of Mike Hale, Tom Kilifin and Garry Hunter.

“I’m really pleased and when I’ve spoken to the lads they’re all saying they can’t wait for next season because we want to carry on from last year.”

In terms of new faces, Peacock wants to increase competition for places.

He said: “We’re looking at a few players who could come to the club.

“We want to keep the lads who are already here on their toes.”

Off the field, the Dolly Blues have a new reserve team manager, with double-winning Carnforth Rangers boss Ian Hughes replacing former City full back Paul Rigby.

Hughes guided Rangers to both league and cup triumphs in a hugely successful Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire Premier Division campaign and Peacock believes his local knowledge will be hugely beneficial.

The head coach said: “I’d like to thank Riggers for all his efforts.

“Ian has done really well in his previous job and his knowledge of local schools and colleges is excellent.”

City have so far confirmed four pre-season friendlies - against Garstang at Lancaster University on Saturday, July 19, away to Bangor City on Saturday, July 26, at home to Barrow on Tuesday, July 29 and at home to Workington on Saturday, August 9.

The club will be holding a working weekend on June 21 and 22 to carry out maintenance at Giant Axe.

Any supporters who are able to help out with painting, tidying and any other jobs that may arise should call the club office on 01524 382238.