Jay Magee has become the first Glentoran player to lift the lid on the club’s targets for this season.
The big defender revealed a determination to mount a title challenge and he believes, with a squad that has shown impressive unity off the pitch in their tug-of-war with the board over unpaid wages, they can fight all the way in the battle for the Gibson Cup.
According to Magee the key for the Glens in taking on Cliftonville, Crusaders — and probably Linfield — in the race to be champions, is Andy Waterworth’s goals.
“I personally think that we will be in there at the end of the season — although I’m not sure we’re supposed to say that — but I think we’ve a good chance, especially if we can keep Andy Waterworth scoring goals,” said the former Glenavon defender.
“That’s the main thing, we need him to keep scoring. Stephen Carson gives him great service and hopefully Andy can keep putting the chances away.”
With October’s wages paid the stayaway players are now back in training and rather than the recent unrest causing problems, the squad has turned a bad situation round.
“The players have stuck together. We decided that if we couldn’t train together then we wouldn’t train at all, but we’re back in training now and training hard,” said Magee.
“It’s the first experience I have had of everyone sticking together and Colin Nixon has been great as captain. He keeps everyone together and he deserves credit”
While Saturday’s meeting with Crusaders is first and foremost in Magee’s mind, he now has a Setanta Sports Cup meeting with St Patrick’s Athletic to look forward to in February.
“I’ve always said that I wanted to play in it, I think it’s a good draw for us and I am looking forward to it already,” he said.
“I think we could win it, I watched the final last year and Crusaders deserved to win.”