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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Liam Boyce hopes to leave Cliftonville as a history boy

Liam Boyce is Player of the Month for March

Liam Boyce's Cliftonville career could be coming to a close but the swashbuckling striker is looking to leave the Solitude stage with a bang.

The Northern Ireland hitman is chasing two footballing dreams – helping Cliftonville record back to back title wins for the first time in their history and then netting a full-time career in the game.

Boyce, who is today named the BT Sport Player of the Month for March, is already looking forward to the future and, in the coming months, a cross-channel switch could be on the cards.

The 22-year-old – he turns 23 next week – desperately wants to get his hands on another league winner's medal but that's not the only goal dominating his thoughts.

"I'm going to wait until the summer to decide my next move as I still have dreams of playing full-time football," said the former Werder Bremen man who also had a trial at Celtic.

"Hopefully it will happen but if it doesn't happen this summer then I will look again at my options."

Reds boss Tommy Breslin is confident Boyce will agree a new Reds deal should a move fall through.

Boyce netted six goals last month, including a hat-trick against Ballinamallard.

But his two superb goals in the top of the table showdown against Linfield at Windsor Park on Saturday fired Cliftonville top of the tree by a point.

"Everyone was looking at that match as a title decider but we could have only called it that had we lost the game," added Boyce.

"If Linfield had gone five points clear that would have had a big impact on the title race but we managed to prevent that happening.

"I don't think they would have dropped five points over the last four games so we knew it was must-win for us and thankfully we got the win.

"Usually when I'm playing with Joe (Gormley) when one of us has a bad day the other can compensate for that but it didn't work out that way when we failed to score against Glentoran.

"That sometimes happens but we knew we could be more clinical in the following game.

As it turned out we took the chances in the very important game." Boyce, who pocketed the Player of the Year gong last season, now hopes the Reds can finish the job, with just four matches to play.

"Time is running out but I felt, more importantly, we had to keep our momentum going and not stumble," he added.

"I think we have lost only one game since Christmas. If you lose a big match like that your head can drop but we got the result and that gives you added confidence and belief. I don't see why it won't go to the last game because there's only one point separating us.

"We have beaten Linfield four times so we have dropped points against other teams and you have to beat the so-called lesser sides in the league if you want to be champions.

"There could be more twists and turns and we are playing the top sides in the league so they are quality sides and anyone can beat anyone on their day."

Linfield defender Billy Joe Burns was second in the monthly awards, with Boyce's Cliftonville team-mate Chris Curran in third place.

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