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New-look Reds are all ready for run-in

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

By Stephen Ware

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LLANELLI begin phase two of the Welsh Premier League season by hosting Afan Lido tomorrow (2.30).

Bob Jeffrey completed his ninth and tenth signings of January on transfer deadline day when he added Jack McKenna and Daniel Barnard to his squad.

Barnard is in contention to feature when managerless Lido visit Stebonheath Park, but Llanelli are still waiting for international clearance to play McKenna.

Having missed out on a place in the top six, the Reds find themselves in the Play-off Conference where they will battle against relegation.

But there is still the carrot of a European place if they can finish seventh.

That would see them enter a play-off for a Europa League spot.

"I am looking forward to the kick-off of phase two ," said Jeffrey.

"They are a team we know all about after playing them away in our last game, but it will be a vastly new side on display for us after the January transfer window.

"I was devastated to lose so many quality players, but I fully understand their reasons for moving on and would like to go on record to thank them all for their support during my time as their manager.

"It is a new chapter now though for the club and I am pleased with the signings I have made.

"We have brought in some good quality young players who are keen to get going."

Lee Hartshorn, Nicky Holland, Alex Evans, Scott Evans, Ariel Mrowinski, Dylan Blain, Jordan Smith and Jeff White all arrived at Llanelli last month.

But there have been some high-profile departures, with the likes of Antonio Corbisiero, Chris Venables and Martin Rose heading for the exit door after the club's much-publicised financial problems.

Llanelli have also not received clearance to play Mrowinski, while Evans is recovering from a hernia operation.

All the other January recruits are available for selection.

Lido remain rooted to the bottom of the Welsh Premier League and resigned themselves to a relegation battle some time ago.

They are 12 points adrift of Aberystwyth above them and are still to replace Paul Reid, who resigned as manager at the end of January.

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