(Above, Ger Rossi and Allan McDonald observe their players at work)
By Neil Hobson
Ger Rossi has spoken of his belief that last season will serve as vital experience ahead of the coming league campaign.
The lads returned for pre-season training this month after Rovers finished a respectable eighth in the EOS League, following a year where his youthful side adapted to the rigours and challenges of playing at a higher level.
And now the manager fully expects his young guns to take the next step forward and begin the climb up the league table, speaking to peeblesrovers.com he said;
We’re looking very well as we report back for pre-season, and in the two sessions we’ve had around sixteen players have shown up- which is great!
“It can be quite frustrating around this time with boys on holidays and whatnot, but to be fair the guys have come down and put in some tremendous work.
“We’ve explained our expectations this year have got to be a lot higher, many of the young boys have got that experience from last season and understand what they’re up against- we’re not going into the new year with any excuses.”
With the announcement of the signing of Ross Lamb and the possibility of more players linking up with the Rovers, Rossi has a significant pool of players ahead of the beginning of pre-season matches- so for the gaffer, is a large squad a dream or a nightmare?
“I think a bit of both to be honest! Last year, we obviously finished with quite a large squad but we did feel that the guys deserved another crack at it for the new season.
“Choosing eleven players to go out on the park is one of the most impossible parts of my job. Going forward, we’ll see how it turns out; you’ve got lots to contend with over the course of a season with suspensions, injuries and such.
But, I’m more than certain about saying that we want these guys at the club. They’re more than good enough for this Peebles Rovers