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Sunday 21 December 2014

Miskimmin's clear goal is to become new main man for Glentoran

Making a mark: Glentoran's Mark Miskimmin has high hopes
Making a mark: Glentoran's Mark Miskimmin has high hopes

New Glentoran striker Mark Miskimmin is confident that he can replace 25-goal Andy Waterworth as the main man at the Oval in the coming season.

Miskimmin, who joined the Glens after leaving relegated Donegal Celtic in June, is hoping to prove his critics wrong by filling the goalscoring gap that was vacated by Waterworth's controversial move to Linfield.

Irish League websites have been awash with doubts over Miskimmin's ability to replace Irish Cup final hero Waterworth, but the former Glenavon ace says: "My primary objective is to score goals but hopefully I'll bring a good work ethic to the team too – work starts from the front. I'm suspended until the last game in August when we play Linfield; obviously I'm disappointed to be missing out, but there's no better game to come back to."

Miskimmin, who started his career with the Blues, added: "I was delighted to sign for Glentoran because they are a massive club with great history. I was at Linfield about four years ago and whilst I loved my time there, I'm a Glentoran player now and I'll be doing my best for the Glens and feel I have a lot to offer."

The 25-year-old has already identified creative midfielder Richard Clarke as someone who could improve his goalscoring record, saying: "I've had pre-season with him now and he's a player with a lot of quality.

"We also have new signings Jordan Hughes and David Scullion who are exciting players and I'm just looking forward to getting started.

"Last year at Donegal Celtic I was often the lone man up front with little or no support and we were fighting for survival, and we struggled to create many chances in those games. I'm definitely relishing playing some more attacking football, creating more chances and hopefully scoring a few more too."

Miskimmin is also hoping that the Glentoran fans get behind the team.

"Hopefully we can get some big crowds at the Oval. The turnout at the Irish Cup final was fantastic and maybe some of the supporters who don't usually go to the games every week might have a change of heart for this season."

Despite the loss of key players such as Waterworth and Sean Ward to Linfield, Colin Nixon to Bangor and Stephen Carson to his old club Coleraine, Miskimmin believes that the east Belfast club have still retained a good mix of youth and experience for the season ahead.

"We have lost several of our seasoned players, but there's still a lot of experienced players at the club; Jason Hill has his testimonial year this season and in Elliott Morris we probably have the best goalkeeper in the league. The younger lads have been there and done it too – but if they ever need advice then we're always here to lend a hand," he said.

"Hopefully we can improve on last season, and the only way that we can replace Andy is by scoring goals ourselves so with the chances that we create this year I am planning to contribute to that.

"I just want to score as many goals as I can and I can't wait to play for the Glens in the coming weeks and months."

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