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Despite hanging on to some of their key players from the last campaign, the Seagulls will struggle to avoid relegation in the 2013 Airtricity League season


Jason Byrne
Kieran Marty Waters
Dean Zambra
By James Hopper

Bray Wanderers will once again look to ensure their Premier Division status is intact come the end of the season. However, after years of defying the odds, Seagulls supremo Pat Devlin could have his work cut out this campaign.

The perennial relegation candidates, who struggled for consistency during large parts of last season, will be hopeful of improving on their lowly position of 10th. The Seagulls performed admirably against the stronger teams last term whilst struggling against those around them. It is likely to be this aspect that will decide the club's fate.

Gary Dempsey's arrival from Waterford United marks his third spell at the club while star performers Jason Byrne and Kieran Marty Waters have extended their contracts by a further year. The departures of Sean Houston and Dane Massey come as a blow to what is already a significantly porous defence.

Staff and supporters alike will be hoping that the club's alarming run of results at the end of last season will not repeat itself. Bray only picked up three points out of a possible 27 as they marginally finished above Dundalk.

The Seagulls face a demanding start to the season as they come up against reigning champions Sligo Rovers and FAI Cup holders Derry City in their opening six games.