Play-offs are the aim ahead of new season

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With the start of the NBL just around the corner, Milton Keynes Badminton coach Jurgen van Leeuwen has set his sights on the play-offs.

Last season’s heroes Josh Penty and Jess Pugh have sinced moved on the pastures new, but van Leeuwen has continued with the theme of youth with his new-look squad.

Experienced skipper Peter Mills will lead the side into the season opener on Monday night against Surrey Smashers, and coach van Leeuwen hopes to get revenge this time around.

He said: “We lost 4-1 last year against these guys and due to the fact there have been significant personel changes in both team I feel we have a better chance this time around.

“We have added some experience from Denmark to the team with two former world top 10 player joing our team. Anders Kristiansen and Marie Ropke will be making their debut coming Monday.

“We also wanted to stay true to our philosophy of giving young local talent a chance to shine and we have five MK players in the team.

“They all went or are going to school in MK and this way we hope to excite the local kids to come and watch us again.

“Again this year we’ll aim for the play-offs and take it from there.”

Monday’s game in Surrey will be shown live on Sky Sports 4 from 7.30pm.