Boro boss Kittrick sets his sights on promotion

Steve Kittrick
Steve Kittrick

Scarborough Athletic boss Steve Kittrick has his sights set on one thing next season - promotion.

Boro just missed out on making the step up from the Evo-Stik North at the end of last term, but Kittrick is planning to go one better in the 2017-18 campaign.

The club will be entering unchartered waters at the Scarborough Leisure Village, meaning that the playing budget will remain the same as last season.

But Kittrick is confident that he can arrange a squad that can push on towards success.

“The remit is to get promotion, that is what is at the top of our list,” said Kittrick.

“I was disappointed that we didn’t do it via the play-offs last season, we need to go one better next time.

“We have the same budget as last season, which I completely understand. It is about finding a balance on the field and off it.

“We are currently in silly season, you have to do more work now than at any time during the actual season.

“There are a number of irons in the fire, we’ve already spoken to five or six players that weren’t here last year.

“Everyone from last season will be offered terms as well, I’ll be speaking to them next week about things.”

Kittrick is expecting money to be the buzz word over the next few weeks as Boro look to boost their recruitment.

He added: “Players will go from one club to another at this stage of the year.

“The players we have spoken to are also talking to the usual suspects, including Shaw Lane and Farsley.

“They have to decide if it is about the money or if it is about the fact that they will be playing at a new stadium in front of a great support.

“If it is the latter then Scarborough Athletic will be the club for them.”

One player who could leave is Niall Flint, the utility man has put in the miles over the past few seasons from his home in Telford.

Kittrick said: “Niall did 19,000 miles of travelling last season, which is some commitment.

“I’ll have to have a chat with him and see what he wants to do.”