HOLYHEAD Hotspur manager Darren Garmey said “the aims will remain the same” regardless of whether his side are granted promotion this season.

The Holy Islanders’ were crowned Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One champions on a points per game basis after the Football Association of Wales opted to curtail the campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What comes next is less certain, with the FAW still to determine whether promotion of relegation will be implemented. An announcement is expected “in due course”, which leaves Garmey and his side in limbo in their ambitions to return to JD Cymru North at the first time of asking.

The Spurs boss claimed that relegation from the Huws Gray Alliance was a blessing, with their return to third-tier level “breathing life” back into the club.

He said: “We could not be happier with winning the league regardless of how it came to a premature ending. We had been outstanding all season and with all due respect to the other teams it would have been hard to imagine us not lifting that trophy had the season been played out.

“Everyone at the club knew that the relegation was a blessing and it was a real opportunity to make some changes both on and off the pitch that would breathe life back into the club and that is exactly what has happened.

“We will now await the FAW decision on promotions, but the aim will still be the same and that is to improve the players we have and also add more quality to the squad.

“It’s no secret that the financial effects of the coronavirus will play a part this season when it comes to budgets and I think this could make for a more level playing field.”

Although Spurs’ managed to secure a 2.71 points-per-game average from their exploits this season, Garmey doesn’t think his side had things all their own way during the season despite their success.

“Both the players and us as a management team have learned a lot this year and we have had some really tough games against some very well organised quality sides,”

“Looking back we were totally outplayed by Llanrwst (United) in November and then played them in all three cup competitions in what were some of the toughest games I can remember being involved in.

“And then the two 1-0 wins against Glan Conwy were so close also with us winning at their place when they had dominated for 90 per cent of the match and unlucky for them Carl Jones pulled out the performance of the season.

“Coming up against good sides with good managers like them is where I think we have learned the most this year and those experiences will be invaluable for us if we are to get back into tier two.”