After a long hiatus Mark is back with a new story. Where will it take him?
"I'm extremely honoured to be named the Player of the Year tonight. It's my second season here and it's definitely been the most memorable for sure. I honestly couldn't have done this without the gaffer, he's certainly brought my game on leaps and bounds. This is for him as much as it for the team and my family."
This honour is indeed a honour. When I joined in the summer I wanted to be a success here but to be hoinest this is beyond my wildest dreams. The award just tops the season overall. I couldn't have done this without the support of my family, the manager and my team mates. It's definitely a collective effort, and I hope to build on it next season when we move up a level."
"I'm delighted to bring Chris and Matty to the Club today, they are part of the summer acquisition drive that we are undertaking. Whilst we are looking to retain the majority of last season's team, we know we need to improve the depth of the squad so we can avoid an instant return back to League Two. Bringing in Chris and Matty is going to help realise that.
They won't be the only new faces we are going to unveil, negotiations are ongoing with other players and clubs as we speak. I hope to bring in a few more new faces to the ranks as we gear up for this latest challenge,"
"I am very happy to announce the signings of Mitch and Josh as Edinburgh City players as we get ourselves ready for the new season which isn't too far away.
The signing of Mitch is another tremendous coup for as he comes with an excellent pedigree. This is a player that came through the famed Aberdeen youth system and actually played in the SPL for his home town club. He was itching to get back into the League and we are very happy to bring him to Edinburgh. People forget that he is only 26!
Mitch has great versatility about him and can play on the left wing or as part of a front two. Having players who are capable to playing in different positions will be a major asset to the team.
I've also acquired Josh Peters from Queens Park as well. He played against us last season and I was very impressed with his eye for goal. He's a natural goalscorer and helps create more competition for places in the front two spots. If he doesn't start, I can assure that you that he will be chomping at the bit and putting pressure on the two starters ready to take his chance when we present it to him. We're very much delighted to have him as an Edinburgh City player.
I am hoping to add more to the squad before we start pre-season training on the 1st July, watch this space."
Manager's End of Season Report
31 May 2019
Dear Edinburgh City Supporters,
First of all I would like to thank each and every one of your for your support last season. Home and Away, you were just fantastic and you certainly made the difference when it mattered the most: you got us over the line.
Well, what a season that was eh? When I took over the role I was going to be content with a decent top half finish. However, we somehow ripped that plan up didn't we? From start to finish, the players you have watched this season: have really bought into what I wanted from them and more. They have been exceptional in all positions it has to be said. From solid goalkeeping and resolute defending to attacking with confidence in the midfield and strikers roles, it's certainly been an effort that we have all contributed to.
I have to thank each one of them for making the 2018-19 campaign the most memorable one in the team's history. We have broken so many club and league records, at times I was struggling to keep up with them! But what do they say about records? Exactly, they are there to be broken. We've certainly reached that objective even though we didn't actually plan for it.
Of course the players you will see next season will be familiar faces, why else would we break up such a great bunch of guys. We're going to lose Conrad Balatoni to Wrexham but that was a decision that he made for himself, we haven't pushed him out of the door. However, I've agreed terms already with two players and am working to bring in a few more so the squad has more depth about it. It had to be said, if we hadn't had been so fortunate with injuries then we could have been really stretched but if we have a few extra bodies then we will have options. I'm hoping to have a proper reserve team set up planned for next season and work has already begun on that and also improve the club's youth facilities so we can develop and nurture the stars of tomorrow.
This is all part of the new Edinburgh City masterplan that me and the Chairman are working on.
The players are on holiday at the minute but for me the work never stops, As I said before, I'm always looking for new players to help add depth to our existing squad and also working on what I hope will be a fantastic pre-season build up before our League One campaign starts in August. I will share news of these as I have them.
Anyway enjoy your summer, and I look forward to seeing each one of you at Ainslie Park next season.
Yours in football,
"it was a hard decision to leave Edinburgh in the way I did but I am grateful equally for Kelvin Thomas for giving me the chance to help me make a similar impact here at Sixfields. Mark, the Edinburgh manager, actually phoned me to ask me to stay on such is his appreciation of what I've done.
However, this is a new challenge and one I am really looking forward to."
"I'm highly delighted to be made Edinburgh City skipper this season. Last season was so memorable for us all and me personally but this is just icing on the cake. It's a tremendous honour that the gaffer has entrusted me with, it really did come out of the blue when he pulled me to one side in training and asked me. I still feel like pinching myself that this is all a dream.
I can assure all City fans that I hope to lead the club to more success."
"We are very lucky here to have so many quality players who are deserving of leadership material. However, Blair stands head and shoulders above them all and deserves this. He is a model professional who has that aura about him that encourages his team mates to go on that extra mile. He reminds me of Scott Brown in that respect, a born winner. I'm pleased as punch to reward him with the club captaincy, he really does deserve it."
"It's a terrific draw for us, it really is.
Sure I would have liked to draw a Premiership side at home but this isn't too bad at all. It's a game we won't be expected to win but that suits us just fine and down to the ground. We will approach the game in our usual methodical way and be ready to give a good account of ourselves.
After all it's a Cup game, and anything can happen in Cup games. Remember?"
"This is yet another superb draw for us.
The longer the draw went on, the more I wondered who exactly we would face. Yet we were the last drawn home team in the bag, and we get Dundee United of the Championship. Wow, just wow! I remember the days when they were a seriously massive club, as decent as Celtic and Rangers, in the 70s and 80s but they had a bit of tumble recently and are looking to bounce back. They will of course I'm sure of it.
Yet we now have the ability to take on this name, it's another massive game I seriously can't wait to happen."
"Today I have informed the club that I wish to leave.
There seems to be no route into the team for me at the moment, and I need first team football at this stage of my career if I am continuing to play. The manager simply doesn't have me in his plans and has repeatedly not given me a chance to prove myself instead of picking others who I don't believe are as good as what I am.
I will be happy to leave the Club and see the back of them and the manager. I don't regret wanting out at all."
"I can't hide my excitement too much when the gaffer told us he was staying.
Because of how well we have performed, clubs are casting their eyes on us as players and also the manager. Mark has done incredibly well since arriving here last July as a complete unknown but his stock is riding high at the moment so much other sides are keen to prise him away from us. It's only natural when you're as successful as what the gaffer is at the moment. The faces brought huge smiles when he told us he will be hanging around for the time being. Who knows what he can lead us to?"
"Saturday is another huge game for us, that there is no doubts.
We're performing really well but Clyde always seem to have the proverbial Indian Sign over us. They have been beaten us twice in the last couple of games and if we're not too careful then they're more than capable of making it three on the spin. We will be up for this that I can tell you, we want to win."
"We had discussions, and I'll be frank, with Edinburgh City's Mark Duell. In fact we have formally interviewed him.
Mark's a local boy and has done superbly well in Edinburgh. He came up on our radar as we looked for the right man to bring him. However as much as we would want him and he would want us, there was a stumbling block. This is why we won't be pursuing his application further.
Mark wanted us to have an affiliate club scene like he has in Edinburgh. There has he has Aberdeen linked with his Club and he believes it garners well for all parties there. I didn't want that so we decided not to continue with it and as a result, him. We will find the right man for the job in the next few days."