Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

We can do even better: Bailie

Linfield captain Noel Bailie is already targeting more silverware, even before the Blues' latest double-winning party has finished.

Bailie lifted the Irish Cup for the third season in a row as Peter Thompson's brace gave Linfield a 2-1 victory over Coleraine to claim a third successive league and cup double.

The Windsor Park skipper is expecting an even bigger challenge from Belfast rivals Glentoran and Cliftonville next season, but even at 37-years-old and going on for 950 appearances, his hunger for success hasn't yet been satisfied.

"It's going to be a heck of a season next year," said Bailie.

"By all accounts I think everyone has Glentoran down to win the league title already.

"They made two or three good signings this season and came good just a little too late this time around.

"I am sure Cliftonville will be trying to come good too and there are big challenges ahead.

"This team that we have is doing well and I have no doubt the manager will be out hunting for new players.

"He's already started with Jonny Harkness. He won't rest on his laurels and I am sure there are more signings to come.

"I've won six leagues and six Irish Cups and I'll never tire of lifting trophies as captain of Linfield."

And Bailie plans to be around when the Blues embark on a challenge for a record-breaking fourth double.

"I don't know how long I am going to go on for, but I have no intention of retiring at this stage. I feel I have at least one more season in me," said Bailie.

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