Troughton upbeat ahead of season opener

Head coach Sammy Troughton insists the upcoming season can be the turning point for Free State Stars, as they look to avoid the ‘relegation rat-race’.

With just under two weeks before the opening game of the campaign for Ea Lla Koto, Troughton, who was appointed to lead the Premiership outfit this season feels the shape of the squad has developed well over the pre-season.

The former Stellenbosch FC mentor revealed deals for new signings are still being finalised as he has the last say on the overall team he would like to work with upon his return to top-flight management.

“There is two weeks to go and this is the important time to at least polish things up before the opener against Amazulu on the 19th of August,” he said.

“If one looks at this defeat against Super Eagles [last Friday 1-0], we gave our fringe players as well as the trialists a run. It was another opportunity for the guys to prove themselves that we are in the right position we want to be at this right stage.

“We are still assessing players from the crucial positions like your center backs and strikers and one hopes that we can hopefully get what we are looking for.”

In terms of targets set by the club after meetings with the club’s hierarchy, the experienced tactician revealed there’s lofty ambitions with the Bethlehem based side – but survival is always the first priority.

“I think the initial target is to get out of the relegation and not to be in the relegation rat-race if you want to call it and that is the target initially and who knows if we can achieve that we can play with a bit of confidence.

“The league is tight if you can get a consistent run going you can climb the table so that is what we are looking to achieve.

“It is vital for us in the first three or four games to do well and from there we can get the ball rolling continue with it.”

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