Thank you all for your incredible and unfaltering support over a long and sometimes difficult season.Â Thatâ€™s the message to every single Oxford City Stars supporter and sponsor, and it comes from everybody at the club, including the coaches, players, management and off-ice officials.Â Youâ€™ve all played an important part in helping the team come through and survive a really difficult division.
Work is already underway to prepare for next season, and Darren Elliott and Simon Anderson are both looking forward to mounting a play-off challenge, speaking to the Oxford Mail, Simon said: â€œNow we know a bit more about what weâ€™re facing next season andÂ we have to use this experience to ensure that we do not find ourselves battling relegation again. Â We have to look to build a team that is capable of making the playoffs comfortably and I donâ€™t think we are a million miles away with the current roster. If we tweak a few areas of the team and maybe add a little bit of experience, the play offs will be something we can shoot forâ€.
Darren hinted at the preparations for next season, â€œItâ€™s be a really tough division this season, and weâ€™re really pleased that not only have we survived, but weâ€™ve properly competed with even the best teams.Â We always backed ourselves â€“ we have a great bunch of players here, and we really think we deserved to stay up.Â Weâ€™ve learned a lot about the division and thatâ€™s going to help us prepare over the summer â€“ weâ€™ve got some irons in the fire, and have already had some conversations with a couple of possible imports.â€
Keep an eye on the website and social media across the summer for all the breaking news in the build up to next season as the Stars target the play-offs.