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Kyle Owens is sure Ballymena United are on rise

By Graham Luney

Kyle Owens feels Ballymena United should be pushing for a top-four place in the Danske Bank Premiership. Sky Blues boss David Jeffrey has ambitious goals to turn the Braidmen into a top-six force and then keep the club moving in the right direction.

Centre-back Owens, who netted with two headers in the 3-3 draw with Glenavon earlier this month, hopes to be part of a stunning Showgrounds revival.

"I'd love to win something here and be part of a team that can reach the top four in the league," said Owens. "I think it can happen if we keep building and retain our confidence. I'm a lot more confident player now than I was when I was 19 and at Crusaders.

"Although I have joined United from Knockbreda I don't think of myself as having anything to prove. I'm 24 now and a much better player. I didn't have much of a chance at the Crues but it's exciting to be a part of this team and to play for David Jeffrey who is a fantastic motivator in the way he talks to the players."

Kyle played against his brother Jordan at Seaview on the opening day of the season.

"He's a handful," admitted Kyle. "I'm very proud of what he has achieved with the Crues but unfortunately he scored a hat-trick against us. It was a tough start to the season but a win against Ards on Saturday would put us level with them."

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