The University of Ulster time-tabling department might well have a significant say in Banbridge Town’s success next season.
Obscure? Just a little.
But it’s all because of former Town striker Steven O’Neill.
With the forward now back from his year in America, Banbridge manager Ryan Watson is hopeful of coaxing his former star striker back into the Town fold.
That all depends, though, on the student’s final year classes.
“We still have room for one more striker,” admitted Watson.
“Last year, we were a little bit short on competition for places. We could still do with another player in there to give us more options.
“Steven is back from America but is going into final year at university.
“He struggles with training and the travelling but he hasn’t ruled anything out.
“The year before he went to America, he came down to train on Thursday nights but he’s very focused on getting his degree now.
“He’s waiting until his time-table comes out in a few weeks and then he’ll make a decision after that.”
Before leaving for the States, O’Neill had been Town’s leading goal-scorer for a number of seasons. Even when back for his Christmas break during last season, he took just 12 minutes to find the net against Ballymoney United.
“Steven have proven that he can score goals and it’s only two season ago that he was our top scorer,” said Watson.
“He’s still a young player and has so much to give.
“He’s growing and filling out now so I’d love to get him on board but I understand that his studies come first.”
O’Neill would most certainly be a boost to Watson’s Banbridge Town side, who are aiming for a much improved season ahead after finishing 10th in Championship Two last term.
Recently, both boss Watson and new signing Ryan Moffatt told the ‘LEADER’ their aim is to have the local side challenging much closer to the top end of the table.