OXFORD City Stars stalwart and club captain Darren Elliott believes the club is stronger than ever.

Oxford-born Elliott, 37, who is entering his 17th season at the club, has experienced many highs and lows over the years.

And he believes Stars are on the verge of something special, despite a worrying summer that saw the club facing a battle to survive.

“Once the league restructure was sorted out, the club really galvanised behind the scenes.” he said.

“It was an incredibly worrying time when the future was unclear, but the way the club has kicked on has been immense. It really pulled everyone together.”

Elliott believes hard work undertaken off the ice has ensured the club are

well-placed to push on.

“The vision and output at board level and the culture and increased professionalism they have instilled has been really impressive,” he said.

“From the team bonding day, to the open day, intensity of training and coaching and the small things like the quality of our kit is all first-class.

“Kenny (Redmond) has built a great squad and all the players can sense the club is going places.

“We can’t wait to get playing – and hopefully do the fans proud.”