Interview by James Donnelly
James Donnelly sat down with Dean Zambra before Longford Towns final pre-season game v Newbridge tonight to get this thoughts before the league resumes next week for the 2018 season.
So Dean, how do you feel pre season has gone for the team and personally for yourself?
“I think it's gone well. We were competitive against all the premier division teams and had some big wins too. Neale has balanced the minutes for everyone during the games so I think we are all up to a good fitness level now and ready for the first game.”
If you look around the first division this year, teams like Galway and Finn Harps have brought in some decent players and assembled strong squads; what do you think of LTFC's new signings and how the team will compare?
“I see a few teams being very similar with no clear favourite. Neale has been able to add a lot of his 'type' of player this season to build on his signings from last year so I think we're set up to be strong and compete with anyone.”
You've been named captain for the season, how do you feel about that and what do you hope to bring to the role?
“I did it last season when Kevin O'Connor was injured and enjoyed the role so I'm happy to have an opportunity to do so again this year. I'm hoping to be a good influence on our young players and to bring the managers message onto the pitch. I'm an experienced player now so it will be up to to me and the other senior players to lead the squad right way.”
Finally, what are your hopes for the 2018 season for yourself and the club?
“I hope to have a good year personally. I played a lot of games last year and I'd like to continue that this year and chip in with some more goals and assists also. For the team, we are working towards promotion and extended cup runs...I hope we can get promoted as it's our main goal as a squad.