Ricky Cantwell has spoken of his pride and outlined his vision for Johnstone Burgh after he was appointed the new president at the club’s AGM last week.

The 65-year-old, who has been at Burgh for almost 20 years now, takes over from the outgoing John Rock who held the position at Keanie Park for a number years.

Burgh’s AGM also saw Tommy Lauder appointed as vice president, Brian Williams named treasurer and Mark Williams and Robert Ireland put in place as general committee members while Cantwell will also retain his match secretary role.

Cantwell said: “First of all, I’d like to thank John for all his hard work and dedication to Johnstone Burgh over the years.

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“He has been a great servant to the club for a number of years. I think he was actually a ball boy at Burgh’s first ever match which shows just how long he has stood by this club. I really do appreciate everything he has done for the Burgh.

“I’m still struggling to believe it. I was left speechless. It was a very proud moment to be named president of Burgh. I’ve been at this club for 18 years now and I’ve had a passion for Burgh since I first arrived.”

Wasting no time in settling into the role, Cantwell has outlined his vision for the club, stressing the importance of younger board members.

“We need to improve the infrastructure of the club first and foremost to get it on a stronger footing,” he added. “It will be hard with the amount of funding we have but the board members who stayed on are more than capable of taking us forward.

“We really could be doing with some younger members. It is an ageing board so we will have a serious at look at how to attract younger board members who share our passion for the club.

“Our first target, however, is to win promotion next season. We need to put a team capable of winning on the field and consolidate after that.”

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