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I've joined Ballymena United to win trophies, says Michael Gault

By Alex Mills

Michael Gault believes 'the David Jeffrey factor' can again get the best out of Ballymena United in the new Danske Bank Premiership season.

With the League Cup sitting proudly in the boardroom and the experience of Europa League football behind them, the Braidmen are primed for another trophy assault.

Gault is no stranger to mounting the rostrum. Under Jeffrey's reign at Linfield, the midfielder won a staggering eight league titles, complemented by seven Irish Cup triumphs.

He may be reaching the twilight of an astonishingly successful career, but the 34-year-old Lisburn man admits he still has a burning desire to succeed.

Following spells at Portadown and Crusaders, Gault once again teamed up with his old mentor over the summer and he can't wait to get started.

"If anyone thinks I signed for Ballymena to see out my last few years, they better start thinking again," blasted Gault. "I'm a winner - I always have been.

"Although I've remained good friends with David, I'm the first to admit there will be no old pals act. I'm here to win trophies.

"I know that if I don't produce performances on a consistent basis, I'll be sitting on the bench or even in the grandstand.

"And I know what David expects of me, I know the standard he requires.

"I know the way he operates. If you are not putting in the performances, you'll not be in the team." The Sky Blues will begin their Premiership campaign against Gault's former club, Crusaders, on Friday.

He is excited by the challenge, adding: "It's a tough start, but there are no easy games. We have to focus on our own performance.

"The European venture against Odds was a great experience for everyone.

"We can hold our heads high after performing reasonably well. We must now carry that attitude into the league."

Jeffrey has been busy, adding goalkeeper Conor Brennan, Steven McCullough, Andrew Burns, Stephen McAlorum, Emmet Friars and Gault to his playing staff.

"That's Big Davy for you - he never rests on his laurels," added Gault.

"The team did fantastically well last season, it's now up to us to put in even better performances with European football again on our agenda."

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