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Hughes sure he'll strike up deadly relationship with hotshot Gormley

By Alex Mills

Cliftonville striker Daniel Hughes is relishing the prospect of terrifying Irish League defences alongside the lethal Joe Gormley.

Having fully recovered from a knee injury that hindered his progress and a full-time career at Peterborough, Joe 'The Goal' is now back on the prowl.

Both Hughes and Gormley have looked the part in pre-season friendlies and they are primed to put Ards in the firing line in the opening Danske Bank Premiership game at Solitude.

Former Warrenpoint Town man Hughes is also back on track after missing out on his team's push for Europe at the tail end of last season.

"It didn't end well for me as I picked up a niggling injury," he said. "In fact, it didn't finish all that well for the club as we didn't manage to claim a European place."

With Gormley on board, Hughes insists the only way is up. "The signs have been good so far," said Hughes. "I really enjoy playing with Joe.

"Hopefully, we will strike up a good partnership. I'm certainly excited about the prospect. Joe is different class. I like to drop a little bit deep, but I don't need to look for him.

"I know the runs he makes. He's looked sharp and has got among the goals in the pre-season games.

"He may have suffered a few injury problems, but that goal instinct never leaves you. I would say he'll score a bagful this season."

• A new system for penalty shoot-outs is set to be used in this season's Tennent's Irish Cup and BetMcLean League Cup.

The experimental trial has been devised by football's rule-making body IFAB, and will see a new sequence that replicates the change of serve between tennis players in a tie-break.

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