Atai focuses on Albert’s future

Albert boss Mike Atai, flanked by Barry Campbell, left, and Dean Shanks
Albert boss Mike Atai, flanked by Barry Campbell, left, and Dean Shanks

Hawick Royal Albert’s newly appointed managerial team have high hopes that a new dawn is about to break at the club.

The East of Scotland League season kicks off on August 1, and for Mike Atai, Dean Shanks and Barry Campbell, this date can’t come quick enough.

Following an open training session at Albert Park on Saturday, which was well organised, varied and professional-looking, the three
new faces shared their thoughts on the upcoming campaign.

Team boss Atai, a former Bonnyrigg Rose goalkeeper and Falkirk trainee, said: “As from now, Hawick are a brand new club as far as I’m concerned.

“The past has gone, it’s all about the future. Dean, Barry and myself intend to bring a touch of professionalism to Hawick.

“It’s going to be a difficult job and there is a big ladder to climb but hopefully that ladder can be climbed. We had a good training session today and that’s the first step taken.”

Coach Dean Shanks, an ex-Vale of Leithen layer who has a degree in sports coaching, said: “Fitness and organisation are key and we will be working on this a lot.

“It’s a good set-up at Hawick and I’d like to think that we can get a good side together that will match this.”

In charge of football development, Barry Campbell, who has managerial experience with Edinburgh United, commented: “We’re bringing in new players.

“A few of them have been training today and have got a taste of the club. A few guys are missing, though, but we’re going to have a good strong squad.”