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Five key questions: Coleraine star Aaron Traynor looks ahead to the Irish League season

In the run-up to the new campaign, we are asking Irish League personalities FIVE key questions.

Today Steven Beacom talks to Coleraine full-back Aaron Traynor who excelled last season as the Bannsiders won the Irish Cup and finished runners up in the title race…

Who will be the title challengers in the Irish Premiership?

I think it will be the same group, Coleraine, Crusaders, Linfield, Cliftonville and Glenavon.

I feel those five will be the main challengers.

Maybe Ballymena if they can put a good run together but I fancy the top five last season to be the same this time.

With Crusaders being the champions they will be the side to beat.

Who is the player to watch out for at your own club, Coleraine?

Last season there were players right through the team who were exceptional for us. This season I like the look of Stephen Lowry who has joined us from Linfield.

I’ve realised just how good a player he is.

So far in pre-season he has been brilliant so he will definitely be one to watch.

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New look: Stephen Lowry is back in Coleraine colours

Who is the player to watch out for at another club?

It was Gavin Whyte at Crusaders last season but he has moved to Oxford now.

This time I’ll go for Daniel Kearns who I think could be a cracking signing for Linfield.

I remember when he was at Glenavon and he was really good there, then he was playing down south.

I wouldn’t say Daniel will be a hidden gem because some people will know him already but he could be a big player this season.

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Daniel Kearns has signed for Linfield.

What do you want to see in the Irish League this season?

I’m looking first and foremost for Coleraine to do well. I don’t care about any other club.

If we can give a good account of ourselves as we did last season and go one step closer to the league title that would probably be the best feeling I’ve ever had in my football career.

Sum up what the Irish League means to you in three words?

Passionate, exciting and unpredictable.

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