Rob Roy boss hopeful for year ahead

Rob Roy manager Stewart Maxwell
Rob Roy manager Stewart Maxwell

Rob Roy boss Stewart Maxwell this week looked back on a year which has seen them go from Super League First Division promotion hopefuls to Premier Division title contenders.

The Kirkintilloch boss admits it took the club time to adapt from playing games at their temporary Cumbernauld home following their relegation the previous season.

He said: “Last season was our first at Guy’s Meadow an dit took us time to adapt but from the turn of the year we really turned the corner and got more consistency.

“I want to improve all the time and we wanted to bring in better quality players.

“But it’s not just about getting team on the park, you’ve got to work on the structure of the club and developing its place as part of the local community and that’s something which is very important to us.

“We want to get the club out there and get people in the community to want to come out and support us.

“When you get relegated from the top flight it’s always difficult to bounce back and go straight back up again at the first time of asking. It was always our aim but realistically we probably punched above our weight.

“But we did it and once again this season we’ve exceeded people’s expectations, though not mine because I always aim as high as possible.

“I didn’t want to change too much during the summer because I had great faith in the boys we had and the players that I did want to bring in I managed to get.

“It’s not easy because of the budget situation and I had to sell them my ambition and my vision for the club.

“But guys like Danny Boyle, Kevin Watt and Gavin Mackie have come in and done a great job.”

Maxwell also said he is keen to develop a an attractive as well as a successful side - but still insists that he’s not even thinking of mounting a title bid until his side get to the 25-point target he feels will ensure they are safe from relegation.

He said: “We’re getting a lot of plaudits for the waw we play and for our fitness.

“We like to try to get the ball down and play good football as well - it’s not just about strength and endeavour and we have flair in the middle of the park, attacking options out wide and and free-scoring strikers.

“But it’s about striking a balance as well and there there are times, especially at this time of the year when the parks get heavy, that you have to try to grind out results.

“At the start of the season survival was our objective and that will remain the case until we get to stage where we have achieved it.

“Only then we can start to think about aiming higher.”