Rupel Boom loses at La Louvière and looks to next year: “Don’t get promoted immediately”

Chairman Nathan Crockett is already looking at next season. — © GOYVAERTS/GMAX AGENCY

Rupel Boom’s agony is almost over. The Steenbakkers received a dry 0-3 from La Louvière in an unnecessary match and look forward to next season. “We have a team for the left column,” says Hubert Stas.

Peter Nys

The Walloon top player didn’t even have to go deep to easily win with large numbers. For Rupel Boom, the season can’t be over soon enough. Chairman Nathan Crockett is therefore already looking forward to next season.

A lot of work has already been done behind the scenes and the team is already in the pipeline for next season. But the names of players do not want to be released by the board yet. Nathan Crockett also remains on the plain.

“I am in direct contact with Hubert Stas who is negotiating with the new players. But it is currently too delicate to come out with names because we are also still busy with the contracts of the players that are still there. That takes time. But I do have the impression that a good job is being done with a view to next season and that we can then come out with a team that will achieve better results.”

Stas agrees with his chairman’s statement.

“We have had a busy few weeks, but the result can be seen. Everything happens in consultation with our new trainer Sam Vermeylen because he eventually has to work with those guys. I dare to say that we will have a team that should be taken into account in the second national. I’m not going to make any statements about promotion or anything, but with the players we already have, a place in the left column is achievable anyway. And if I can convince the names I still have in my head to sign, I am convinced that we can aspire to the top five. But that’s always hard to predict. It’s still football and you depend on so many things. We will put together a core that can bring the kind of football that the trainer and I have in mind.”

A new takeover does not seem to be on the agenda for the time being.

“I still speak regularly with potential investors,” says Crockett. “But I don’t want to let Rupel Boom down, on the contrary. If we managed to break even, I wouldn’t even need any other investors. Although someone who has a good interest in the club is of course always welcome,” said the American owner.

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