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Porthmadog manager Gareth Parry gave the Huws Gray Alliance the following preview of the forthcoming season - 26/7/2013

We at Porthmadog have always been ambitious and will continue in that vein, but we are also realistic in what is achievable for us as a club. Following a great campaign in 2011/12 we were disappointed with our 9th placed finish last season. There were significant changes both on and off the field during the season, but we feel we have come through a difficult period and are excited about our prospects for the coming season. We definitely want to finish higher up the league this time around, and if we can push ourselves into the top 4 it would be a great achievement.

New signings:-
Still quiet in terms of new recruits on the playing field but we are hoping 5-6 newfaces will put pen to paper over the coming weeks. One significant signing for us is that of Matthew Bishop (Bish) as Assistant Manager. The experience he brings with him from his time at the Welsh FA, Newport and Aldershot will help us develop the young talent at the club. We are also hoping that Carl Owen and Gareth Jones-Evans will be back in contention after both suffered bad leg breaks during the 2011/12 campaign (they will feel like new signings!!). The majority of the thin squad that finished last season have returned, minus Grahame Austin and Steve Kehoe who have left for Caernarfon, Grahame Boylan and Scott Sephton who will sign for teams nearer to their merseyside base, and John Owen who has returned to Bangor following the end of his loan period with us.

How competitive the league will be:-
Every year I say the same thing, and this year is no different. I believe the league will be stronger again this season, or perhaps more competitive should be the phrase used, in order not to be disrespectful to Rhyl who deservedly walked away with the title last season. I expect a lot of teams to take points off one another and I would be surprised if someone ran away with it as Rhyl did last year. There are no easy games in the league these days and all teams will need to perform week in week out if they want to make a continued push for promotion. I would expect the likes of Conwy, Cefn Druids, Holyhead (under the guidance of my good friend Campbell Harrison) and Caersws to be amongst the front runners again, with a strong Caernarfon squad and a new-look Llandudno pushing them all the way. My dark horses for promotion this season will be Flint who last season had a strong squad and have made some shrewd signings over the summer. I don't know much about Llanidloes but our record against promoted teams has not been the best so we definitely won't be taking anyone lightly. Looking forward to it...



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