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Ards boss Niall Currie confident his secret weapons can keep firing for Glenavon tie

By Billy Weir

Published 26/08/2016

Big impact: Joe McKinney has helped shoot Ards to the top of the table
Big impact: Joe McKinney has helped shoot Ards to the top of the table

Niall Currie hopes to make hay while the sun shines before his secret weapons are discovered by all and sundry.

The surprise table-toppers tick all the boxes of plucky underdogs at the moment, a sprinkling of seasoned campaigners, a few young guns and some unknown quantities at this level.

Two of them are Joe McKinney, who was on target in last weekend's win over Ballymena United that sent them top, and bustling centre forward Guillaume Keke.

McKinney came to the club from the Amateur League while French striker Keke made a big impact in his time at Larne.

"In Keke and Joe McKinney we've signed two boys with massive potential," explained Currie, whose men take on Glenavon tonight at Mourneview Park.

"You've got to roll the dice. Keke has only done it at Championship level and Joe was in the Amateur League last year but we just feel they have something about them.

"Keke's a handful and Joe is unknown to a lot of people but he's going to be known very shortly because he's a raw talent. But what I like about them is the application is there, we don't have any superstars and I will make sure that won't happen.

"We don't do egos at the club, I don't do egos with any players. This is a team effort and there were guys who didn't play or get on the pitch and they are every bit as important to me.

"I need to look after them more because they're the boys who will be unhappy when they're not playing, so we've got to focus and make sure everyone is pulling in the same direction.

"We look okay at the minute but we know that can change very quickly.

"We have Glenavon on Friday night and they will be the wounded tiger.

"And then we have Crusaders, so we're realists here, nobody is getting carried away, we won't allow the boys to get carried away but what they've got to do is enjoy the moment."

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