Wingmakers can only get better says Preece

ANDY Preece has hailed his squad’s ‘amazing’ season – and believes the club can now be ‘a major force’ for years to come.

The Wingmakers qualified for the Europa League for the third summer running – earning a minimum of 200,000 Euros – despite cutting the wage budget and losing captain Ian Kearney to a serious injury.

Preece is now focusing on preparing his side for another European adventure as they go in search of a first win after finishing in the Welsh Premier League.

"The only word for the season is amazing. To qualify for Europe for a third season in a row is unbelievable,” said the director of football to the Chronicle.

"We cut our budget when others were really pushing the boat out. I thought it would be really hard for us, and it was. We had some really rough rubs of the green, but that just gave us more incentive.

"Luck deserted us in Welsh Cup semi-final but we bounced back to be only team to beat TNS all season, which was long overdue.

Preece added: "We have definitely moved forward and we’re ready for the next few seasons. Now we are solid financially and we don’t need a backer throwing money at it. We have generated our own money through good management on and off the field and we are now a major force.

"Europe is important for us. We represent the Welsh Premier and Welsh football, so we want to put up a good showing."

Preece also confirmed this week that Tom Field, Andy Jones and Matty McGinn have signed new contracts for next season, with more expected to agree new deals in the coming weeks.