Gilzean’s outlook

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CARNOUSTIE Panmure manager Ian Gilzean is a quietly confident man when it comes to the 2011/12 season.

This week he talked to Gazette Sport about what he expected from next season, and how he is looking forward to the pre-season so that he can start moulding himself a challenging squad for the East Super League.

Commenting on their success last season, Ian said: “Well it went OK, didn’t it?

“When I first joined the club two years ago we set out to get promoted in the first two years and we managed to achieve that.”

But Ian does not believe that the Gowfers can afford to rest on their hard won laurels, and is looking to bolster his team sheet with some new signings.

He was not inclined to name names at this stage in the game, but he did have this to say: “I’ve been speaking to a couple of players that I hope we can get on board and push us on.

“Obviously as a team we don’t want to stand still, and it’s important for us to keep improving the squad.

“We want to go up and compete at the higher end of the table this season.”

Whoever Ian manages to sign for the club, he will be hoping to use the pre-season, which starts on June 30, to mould his new players into the effective force he already fields.

Unfortunately for him, the season start date will not be announced until this weekend, so the friendly matches he plans to use to hone their skills could be in jeopardy.

He said: “We have a couple of friendlies lined up, but until the start date for next season has been decided it’s all up in the air just now.

“We have a couple of different teams lined up that we might not normally have gone for, but I think they’ll give us a fresh and different challenge.”

Regardless of whom the Gowfers face off against in the pre-season, Ian is looking forward to the challenges that this new league table will bring.

He said: “The team we have is quite young, but they’ve improved immensely since we started out two years ago.

“They’re not so gung-ho or naïve as they once were, and I think their experience came to fruition in the last seven or eight games of last season.”