Joe Brincat returned to his former club Floriana FC to take over the reins of the Premier League side yesterday.

Over the weekend, the former Malta international had emerged as favourite to replace Michael Woods on the Greens’ bench after holding positive talks with Floriana FC president Johann Said.

Negotiations were concluded yesterday and Brincat agreed to join the Greens for the rest of the campaign with an option of extending his contract for a further season.

For Brincat this will be his first experience in charge of a top-flight club and his task will be that of helping Floriana maintain their charge of a top-three placing in the BOV Premier League.

Brincat, who started this campaign in charge of Vittoriosa Stars, led the team’s training session at the Independence Arena Ground yesterday as they started their preparations for Friday’s league match against Balzan Youths at the Tedesco Stadium.

“I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” Brincat told The Times yesterday.

“This will be the first time that I’m leading a Premier League side but the first impressions were positive.

“The players made me feel at home straightaway and I hope that I will be able to help the team reach their objective of qualifying for European football next season.”

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