RENFREW FC co-manager Colin Clark has has hailed his squad for their historic league triumph and dedicated the win to Frew’s dedicated fans.

A 0-0 draw at St Roch’s was enough for Clark’s men to seal the Central District First Division title – their first league win for 24 years – and a return to the Super Leagues.

After relegation two seasons ago and spending last season ground sharing at Johnstone Burgh’s Keanie Park, it was a turbulent couple of years for Frew.

But things have been on the up since they moved into their new home at New Western Park last summer.

The ground move was a long process and Clark is delighted to reward the club’s committee members who put the hours in to make it a reality, as well as the club’s loyal support for sticking with the team.

“Where the club is now has been an upward spiral since we got the ground opened," said Clark. "The infrastructure and professionalism around the club has improved.

“I’m pleased for all the committee members, they have put in a lot of hard work to get the ground going and it’s great to give them something back.

“I’m delighted for the fans, they are a hardy bunch, it’s good for them to have a bit of success because they are very much appreciated.”

Renfrew came flying out the traps this season and did not relinquish top spot after reaching the summit in December. Despite his squad’s impressive form, Clark admits that promotion this season comes at least a season ahead of schedule.

Clark and fellow co-manager Martin Ferry were working on their lowest ever budget with many of the squad taking pay cuts to come back to Frew this season.

Clark hailed the efforts of his title-winning troops after an historic season and admitted the club’s brand new 4G surface has given them an added advantage this year.

He said: “It’s quicker than we expected, we wanted to compete at the top end of the table this year. Inwardly we thought we had a chance, having been at the top for so long gave us confidence and with such a busy run-in we didn’t really have time to think.

“We didn’t lose two games in a row. Our form has been really good, only four defeats all season. It’s a really difficult league and our players have been brilliant all season.

“Our budget this season is as low as it has ever been for a playing staff and we’re probably going to come in under it.

“All the boys have taken pay cuts, even the boys that have come back to us they are on no where near the money they were on before. But with the ground and facilities we have now it is a draw for players.

“For the players who have dropped down leagues to come here it is great they have something to show for it.

“I think us having the ground and having the consistent surface has really helped us. We go to some away games and... no disrespect to other teams but some of the surfaces aren’t the best.”