Huntly youngster Glenn Murison sets top six aim
FOOTBALLERS can often be very diplomatic when asked for their pre-season aims and objectives.
But not ambitious 21-year-old midfielder Glenn Murison – who highlighted his hopes that Huntly can break into the Highland League’s top six this season.
Unfortunately, Murison will have to wait to make his impact, with news that he will face between six and ten weeks on the sidelines after picking up an ankle knock against Aberdeen during the week.
Huntly finished last season in ninth place, 17 points adrift of sixth place Forres Mechanics, but have improved their position in the table every season since the 2014/15 campaign. Take Cove out of the league last season, and Huntly were just three points from sixth.
And now Murison wants the Black and Golds, whose ninth place finish was their first in the top half since 2010, to push on again.
He said: “I personally want us to be top six. I want us to be higher than that, but realistically I want us to be top six – although it’s not going to be easy.
“Most boys are of the same mindset – we all want to do better. We just need to click together and we’ll be all right.
“Personally, I want to do a lot better this year again. I’m 21 now and this is my fourth season so I’m wanting to kick on and put more into the team with goals.”
There has been positives in pre-season for Huntly, although they go into tomorrow’s Highland League opener at Lossiemouth off the back of two defeats – 3-1 against junior side Dyce on Saturday and 4-0 to an Aberdeen XI on Tuesday – in the game which saw Murison hobble off.
He said: “We were on top of Dyce the whole time, but it’s the same old with us. It seems to be every season easy mistakes kill us.
“And that was the same as Aberdeen. First half we let them play and they opened us up so easily. But the second half we made it our game and were on top.
“There was positives through both the games.”
The season start will give Huntly a good indication as to where they are – as they face Nairn and Deveronvale who finished mid-table last season, after Lossie.
“Everyone wants to start the season on a good run of wins and get up there quick,” Murison added.
“We have to get our confidence up in the first few games.”