Hotspurs look for consistency in 2014 season

CONSISTENCY will be the key for Albury Hotspurs, says coach John Irvine.

Hotspurs had a torrid start to the year with injuries to key players at the beginning of their Albury-Wodonga Football Association title aspirations, before a late charge saw the club just miss a spot in the cup play-offs.

“Last season was a bit disappointing,” Irvine, who was this week re-appointed for his third season at the helm, said.

“We played a lot of players, got hit with a lot of injuries and missed out on finals by a point.”

Irvine was a player with Albury Hotspurs before turning his hand to playing tactician in 2011.

“We need to improve on our consistency, that’s for sure,” Irvine said.

“Last season we were a bit up and down, so I’ll be addressing that once we start training again in January.”

Hotspurs defence will also need to be strengthened.

It leaked 50 goals over 22 matches, something which Irvine said needed to be better.

“Next year is going to be a very interesting year for the club,” he said.

“We’re still waiting on university results to see who’ll be available.”

Irvine acknowledged that some of the more experienced players may be moving on as well.

Goalkeeper Luke Drummond, 30, and midfielder Ryan Giles, 28, look set to play on, however the future of star striker Robert Tuksar is still unclear.

Tuksar eclipsed the club record of 453 games, previously held by Darrell Mills, at the back end of the season.

Irvine said he wasn’t sure whether his star striker would hang up the boots or not.

“He’s a legend at the club but it’s his decision as to whether or not to play on,” he said.

Albury Hotspurs will begin training in the second week of January at Aloysius Park.

For more information visit alburyhotspurs.com.au.

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