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Kee has craving for title joy

David determined to bring an end to Linfield's wait for league glory

By Graham Luney

Published 12/09/2015

Strike to remember: David Kee celebrates his wonder goal against Spartak Trnava in Europe
Strike to remember: David Kee celebrates his wonder goal against Spartak Trnava in Europe

David Kee is confident that Linfield can be a trophy-winning machine this season.

The 27-year-old blossomed into a talented and tenacious midfielder after joining Ballinamallard United at the start of 2009 but the Blues were the only club who could entice him away.

The former Castlederg High School student, who started his career at little Killen Rangers, is now dreaming big at Windsor Park.

Now he makes the one hour 40 minute journey to training three nights a week on a mission to help Linfield taste title success for the first time since 2012.

The early evidence suggests Warren Feeney's side are up for the title fight this time round.

Six wins out of six leaves them with the only 100 per cent record in the Danske Bank Premiership but champions Crusaders hope to end that winning run at Seaview this afternoon.

Kee, who spent time at Maiden City Academy before moving onto Sheffield Wednesday and Institute before taking flight at the Mallards, senses something special is taking shape at Windsor.

"At Linfield it's all about winning trophies," said Kee, who like Mark Stafford agreed a pre-contract with the Blues in April.

"Ballinamallard reached the semi-final of the League Cup last season when we lost to Ballymena United but it's fair to say the demands and expectations are greater at Linfield and you would expect that at the biggest club in the country.

"It was a big decision for me to leave Ballinamallard but I have no regrets.

"If I'm being honest I'll say that Linfield were probably the only club that could have enticed me away and they did that.

"I want to win trophies including the league title and it's on our agenda.

"The manager wants to win every game and we are desperate to get our hands on a major trophy.

"Six wins out of six is a phenomenal start and you can't expect more than that. It's a perfect start.

"I think the boys are full of belief and confidence, though no one will get carried away.

"We had to grind out the win at Ballinamallard but elsewhere we have played some great football.

"We have a winning mentality but it's a big test we face this weekend.

"Crusaders are difficult to beat, particularly at Seaview, but we are going there to hopefully pick up three points and make it seven wins."

Kee's first goal for Linfield was a memorable one - a stunning free-kick at Spartak Trnava in Slovakia in the Europa League.

The settling-in period for the Castlederg man, a close pal of Ivan Sproule and Matthew Clarke, has been smooth.

He added: "I know Ivan very well since before he went to England and Scotland and Matthew Clarke before he went to Rangers.

"Both guys gave me an insight into what life will be like here but I know myself what the club is all about.

"It's been a great experience so far, though being suspended for the opening league game was not an ideal situation for me.

"Then you have to fight for your place and that's the reality of being a player at Linfield.

"I don't think anyone can expect to play every week.

"If you have one bad game there is always a quality player waiting to come in and take their opportunity.

"You simply have to perform. You are not allowed to have a few bad games.

"But the European matches were fantastic for me to get into the swing of things as I played in the four matches and scored in Slovakia. They were great for team bonding too."

Kee was back on familiar turf last Saturday and reunited with a few old comrades at Ferney Park as the visitors carved out a 1-0 victory.

"It was strange going back to Ballinamallard and seeing a lot of familiar faces last weekend," added Kee, who replaced Stephen Lowry for the final 10 minutes.

"It was great to see everyone again and I wish the club success in the future.

"The great thing from my perspective is I didn't get any abuse which is nice!"

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