Saints are working hard on and off the pitch

Phil McGuire - St Andrews United.
Phil McGuire - St Andrews United.

The players at St Andrews United may still be two weeks away from pre-season training but for boss Phil McGuire the hard work has continued since last season ended.

With Saints coming into the East Superleague as new boys the season ahead will bring a whole new set of challenges and McGuire says what happens off the pitch is just as important as on it.

“Last season our aim wasn’t promotion, it was just to get a team on the pitch,” he said.

“When I came in we only had four or five players. This year it’s different and we have the majority of the squad coming back but I’ve been in talks looking to get a few in to strengthen in key areas.

“We’re looking to build and establish St Andrews United on and off the park, so there’s a lot going on the background.

“We’re building ties with local youth sides which will help benefit the club in the future and the backroom staff are all working hard. We want to establish these sorts of things so that the wellbeing of the club is safeguarded for years to come.”

McGuire insists that any player coming in has to be willing to buy into his vision for the club.

“It wouldn’t matter if he was the best player in the Superleague, it’s crucial that they can fit into my dressing room.

“I’m very keen on looking at things like a player’s character and lifestyle. It’s all part of the process and we’ll go into next year full of confidence.

“The players will need to step up and improve, both individually and as a team”