Willie Beckett will combine playing and coaching duties at Glebe Rangers this coming season.
The skipper joins manager Jason Wilmont’s backroom team as player coach as the Ballymoney side prepare for their assault on the Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League.
“I’m delighted to have Willie helping out coaching,” Wilmont told Times Sport.
“He’s a top player and top coach and he will help me and the rest of the coaching staff this coming season.”
The Glebe boss has been busy preparing his side for their stint in the new league, which will also be the new home for Coagh United and Wakehurst.
He has lost Mo McDowell and Jake Carson, but he is hopeful of adding to his panel.
“It’s disappointing to lose any player, but I wish the lads well,” he said.
“Thankfully the rest of the squad have committed their future to the club which is a big boost for us.
“It means I don’t have to make a lot of changes, I’m looking at bringing in two or three players to boost the squad.
“Young Adam Harte is coming in from Coleraine. He will be a good addition for us, he’s a good players and is hungry for first team football.
“I’ve a couple more in the pipeline, but as I say I’m cautious about bringing in too many players as we don’t need them.
“It’s really quality over quantity.”
The Glebe boys were put through a hard session at the beach on Saturday before their first friendly at Dervock this Saturday morning where they will face Riada, kick off 11am.
On Tuesday 19th July they will host Coleraine at the Riada Stadium.
“The boys have been training very well, but they are looking forward to getting a game now,” said Wilmont.
“This is a big season for us, there’s plenty of trophies for us to challenge for as well as fighting to get back up into senior football again.
“Above all I want everyone to enjoy it though. There was so much pressure on last season I don’t think anyone was able to enjoy their football.”