Squad needs bolstering

Oran Kearney is hoping to bolster his squad in the coming days to give his side a much needed injection of confidence.

The Bannsiders are badly in need of reinforcements following the departure of striker Davy McDaid to Cliftonville last week.

The Bannsiders have picked up just one point from their opening three league games and are second bottom in the Danske Bank Premiership.

And on top of that the injuries are starting to mount up, even at this early point in the season.

Oran said: ‘I would hope there will be a few in this week. I would hope for maybe three to five players in before the transfer window ends.

“Ideally, I would be keen to bring in all the five players I’m looking at.

‘We need signings. There is no point in beating around the bush, we have 14 senior players and we had a bench consisting of 17 and 18 year olds, as well as a few injuries.”

The Bannsiders boss said injuires were preventing him from fielding his strongest side.

“Ryan McIlmoyle has a slight hip problem and aggravated it on Wednesday night.

“He left the game fine, but woke up the next morning and couldn’t walk with his hip.

“We have a few like that who we are nursing threw and ideally we could do with them back.

‘Ruairi Harkin will be a couple of weeks yet and Paul Owens will be three or four weeks. Steven Douglas needed new insoles and his back is sore and is re-adjusting. We would hope he would be back in full training the week after next.

‘For us to be strong we need our strongest team available and we are aware of that.

“So we need players in. We have a big season ahead, and it is unfortunate the way things have panned out so far.

“Most of our business will be done in the final week.”