Rockmount knocked on the door in a number of competitions last season and will be looking to go one or two steps forward again this season and challenge for the major honours.
An FAI Intermediate Cup semi-final and runners-up in the MSL Premier Division would be suffice for most clubs but at Rockmount it’s trophies that are deemed a success.
Eddie Kenny, assistant manager tells Cork Sports News about their ambitions for the season ahead.
“Last year was a difficult year in the passing of Tom Callaghan and James Cocoran for the club and maybe the impact of that took its toll on the players near the end of the season.
“We finished runners-up in the league and were Intermediate Cup, Keane Cup and O Connell Cup semi-finalists so we did have a good year albeit trophyless but Billy Cronin and myself started three years ago together and it was a rejuvenation project which each year has got stronger and stronger so from that point we hope to try and be in the mix again this year and try win a trophy or two.
“Pre-season has gone well, we went back in mid July and have done three sessions a week since then, friendlies away to Youghal, Dungarvan and Mayfield and a home fixture against Riverstown has us ready to go we believe.
“We have signed a few new players in Niall Hanley, ex Janesboro, Sean O’Callaghan, ex Leeds, Killian Fitzgerald, ex Kilreen, Eoin O’Donovan, ex Cobh Ramblers, we got a few Rockmount lads back in the fold in Alan King, Liam Milner, Dean Leahy, Vinnie Lonergan and Kevin O’Connell and the returning, Evan Murray, from a long lay off through injury.
“Those trips away have brought the new lads straight it into the group which is a great bunch to be joining in fairness, said Kenny.
And in terms of the opposition this season where does Eddie believe the main challenge will come from?
“As for teams to watch, it’s a very competitive league the MSL Premier Division every year and this year I expect the same.
UCC, Ringmahon, Cobh Wanderers and Avondale would all expect to be up there but College Corinthians have been busy this summer so they could be in the mix at the end.
“Everyone is rearing to go from management to players, all the friendlies can be played but it’s when the league starts that you see where you are,” concluded Kenny.
Eddie Kenny was talking to Paul Connolly for Cork Sports News.
Rockmount open their campaign this Saturday afternoon away to Ringmahon Rangers.