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Coleraine's Carson loves fighting for shirt

By Jonathan McNabb

Coleraine winger Josh Carson believes the level of competition at the club will spur him on as the Bannsiders chase success in the Danske Bank Premiership and Irish Cup.

Oran Kearney's side welcomed the return of Brad Lyons and Aaron Burns from injury in last week's success over Ballinamallard United, while Stephen Dooley is also expected to be available for selection in the coming weeks.

However, the former Northern Ireland international insists he won't be giving up his starting place lightly.

"The three lads coming back into the squad is fantastic for us," Carson said.

"Everyone knows that they are quality players, so it's a massive boost for us.

"Their return spurs you on to produce better performances or provide that little bit of magic to win games.

"If you don't, you know it won't be long before you lose your place, but that's part and parcel of football and I enjoy fighting for the jersey."

The Bannsiders welcome Warrenpoint Town to The Showgrounds and despite 47 points separating the sides, Carson is expecting a 'tough game' on the North Coast.

"Playing Warrenpoint is always going to be tough and it's proved that in our two meetings with them this season," Carson added.

"They've been unlucky with a few results this season and will have their tails up this weekend."

The former Linfield man was on the scoresheet in last Friday night's win at Ferney Park and hopes to add to his tally of seven goals before the end of the season.

"It was nice to grab a goal as it had been a while," Carson added..

"I was disappointed to concede a penalty, but I was fortunate to bounce back from that and grab the equaliser.

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