After eleven seasons in Division III, Brook Street find themselves in unfamiliar territory tomorrow as they kick off the new season in Division IV with a home tie against Marcascotties at New Home Park.

They go into the match with renewed hope following last season’s disasterous campaign, as coach Leoš Loos highlighted at this afternoon’s pre-match press conference.

“To say last season was challenging would be a gross understatement”, he admitted. “We were absolutely gutted to be relegated after we had taken it to the final game, when earlier in the season we looked as if we’d be down with games to spare. However we’ve picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down, and are ready to go again this season.

“We’re looking to return to Division III as fast as possible, but we’re tempering this with the fact we’re rebuilding at the moment, so we want to be as strong as possible for when we take the step back up. Players may come in and others leave, but we’ve got to ensure we’re ready for Division III while at the same time we perform at our best in this division. It is imperative that we focus on this season and we will be instilling that in the players”.

Last season’s runners-up are our visitors in the league opener so they’ll be no pushovers.

“We really don’t know much about them as a team”, said Leoš. “but, they’ve certainly got some good individual players; the lad Renna on the wing looks particularly dangerous. However, it’s up to us to deal with those threats and put their defence under pressure”.

Brook Street go into the match with defender Attila Gyöngyösi sidelined, but other than that the club have no other injury doubts.