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Tipton: Our season starts right now

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

WARRENPOINT Town manager Matthew Tipton insists that their season has started following the Dankse Bank Premier League fixtures release.

The Seasiders don't have far to travel in their opening game of the Premier League as they take on Glenavon and they return to Lurgan on Boxing Day.

A St Patrick's Day trip away to Ballymena may require another look, while of course the first meeting against Barry Gray's Cliftonville on October 7 will naturally create further interest.

But the Point boss insists that clashing swords with his former Milltown mentor isn't on Tipton's radar.

"It will be the exact same as for every team in the league, I won't be looking at Cliftonville any differently than Ballymena or Linfield, they are all the same to me," said Tipton.

"We have got to play everybody three times minimum anyway so it doesn't affect us but now the fixtures are out I suppose it puts us into focus that we are going back to the Premier League.

"We have enjoyed pats on the back for the last six weeks for getting promoted but from now on we are a Premier League team." The players met as a squad for the first time this season on Thursday and began training at the weekend and Tipton is happy with the players he has added to his panel.

"I am delighted with what we have done so far, obviously it was disappointing to lose Bags [Liam Bagnall] but sometimes in football things happen above and beyond what we can control," said Tipton.

"So that is disappointing but everything else we are happy with our business. I suppose Dermy [Dermott McVeigh] leaving to go to England was a bit of a blow but with everything else we are happy with who we have brought in.

"We have who we have targeted for a long, long time, so we got over the line and to have our first training session and get new players and old players back focused.

"We trained on Saturday morning and it was etched on their minds that it was 49 days to kick-off.

"What way we set up and how we play in our opening game is what we can work on for now."

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