McClurg predicts bright future at Bracknell Town
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Bracknell Town's Ben Knight.
BRACKNELL Town's joint manager Steve McClurg believes the pool of young talent at the club is something to look forward to next season.
The Robins recently completed a torrid campaign, finishing bottom of the Hellenic Premier Division, largely due to a severe lack of funds at the club and having no reserve side to call upon.
However, the one bright spot in the season has been the emergence of a promising crop of youngsters that bode well for the future, as McClurg explains: "I believe the team could do well next season.
"There are some good young players here who really came through this season.
"Players like Adam Kennedy, Ben Knight and Tom and Sam Barratt all did well for us.
"Ben scored 19 goals in a team that was at the bottom for most of the season which speaks for itself."
Knight's contribution is all the more impressive given he missed the first month of the season while recovering from a broken leg.
Indeed, McClurg has had to rely on youngsters to get him through the season and he even enlisted the help of Windsor's youth team coach Mick Woodham.
McClurg said: "I must say the second half of the season was far more enjoyable than the first.
"Mick Woodham came in from Windsor FC and did a really good job for us, as did Andy Keen, Bobby Langridge and all the backroom staff.
"They all put everything into it and there was no lack of effort, but I admit it was hard work for us at times."
As well as having no money to bring in reinforcements, the Robins supremo was not helped by injuries to key players such as Harry Swabey, who was forced to leave Bracknell back in October due to injury.
The future is still uncertain for the Larges Lane side as their relegation has yet to be confirmed by the Hellenic League.
The decision as to whether they may be granted a reprieve will depend on relegation and promotion issues elsewhere but McClurg is prepared for the worst.
"If that's the case, that's what it has to be," he added.