NEILSTON co-manager Martin Campbell insists league reconstruction has opened the door to a promotion push for the Farmer’s Boys.

The new league structure comes into effect from next season, and will feature four leagues of 16 teams to replace the existing five divisions.

That means there will be an extra automatic promotion spot up for grabs in the Central District First Division this season, and Campbell is confident his side can be in the reckoning and bid for a place in the newly formed West Region second tier.

He said: “I don’t like to go in with big predictions but I think the league reconstruction has opened things up for a few teams and we’re definitely in that conversation.

“It’s a big season for the club and as a management team and players we have that ambition about us.”

Campbell and fellow co-boss John Paul Dow moved to Brig O’Lea last summer, only days before the start of pre-season after Robert Graham’s shock departure.

Players were hurriedly signed and Neilston felt the knock on effects throughout the season with plenty of players departing and replacements brought in.

The management duo have had most of their squad in place for the full pre-season this term, and despite Sectional League Cup defeats to Benburb and Arthurlie, Campbell is adamant the benefits of that will bear fruit when the league campaign under way.

He said: “We’ve tried to get across our ideas early on, we’ve had that opportunity by getting most of the squad together before pre-season started.

“We’ve done a lot of work on how we want to shape up, our corners and set-pieces.

“We should see the benefit of that early on this season, because when we came in late last summer we were still having to do a lot of that work late on.”