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'Bray won't splash cash for Premier tilt' says Gormley

BRAY Wanderers are officially back in the top flight and have swapped a First Division campaign for the Premier Division after confirmation of Cork City's exit from the scene.

But despite their escape from relegation, Bray boss Eddie Gormley says his squad won't be splashing the cash in a bid to be competitive this season.

Bray allowed some players from last season's squad to leave the club as, following what looked like relegation, the club planned to slash the budget for this First Division season.

But Wanderers will now compete in the top flight and experienced manager Gormley, a league winner as a player with St Pats, knows that his young side needs some more steel if they are to have any chance of surviving the drop this term.

"We have a very young and inexperienced squad as things stand and we'd need to add to it for a Premier Division campaign," said Gormley.

"I am meeting the club to see what money is there but, even though we now have a chance to play in the Premier, we won't be going crazy spending money.

"When we were relegated we made a decision that the club would go a certain way, relying on younger players. This club has always had a good tradition of finding good young players.

"The players I have are great lads and are talented, but we desperately need two or three experienced players to help them along," added Gormley.

Lennon cheered by Rovers draw

Celtic coach Neil Lennon was happy to see his young side come back to earn a 1-1 draw with Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium last night, writes Joe McHugh.

Despite the miserable weather a near capacity crowd was in place for Celtic's first visit to the south Dublin venue.

Lennon included Paul Caddis and Mark Wilson in his side and it was Scotland U-21 captain Caddis who cancelled out Stephen Bradley's eight minute penalty for the home side. "My remit is to look at the younger players and this was a great exercise and experience for them," Lennon said afterwards.

"It's good for them to play in front of a crowd against a well organised, mature team.

"We went a goal down early but showed a lot of patience to come back into the match, maybe we should have gone on to win it. There's a few good players bubbling under the surface at the moment and there's a great desire amongst them."


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