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Crusaders have to win as many trophies as possible, argues Snoddy

Crusaders v Ards, Danske Bank Premiership, Tonight 7.45pm

By Graham Luney

Crusaders midfielder Matthew Snoddy insists the players have developed a real taste for winning silverware.

The Crues have won three of the last four title sprints and will be slight favourites to finish top of the pile again come May.

A revitalised Linfield side are looking to prove a point while Glenavon, Cliftonville and Coleraine plan to stay in the championship charge as long as possible.

But the Seaview aces like being the cream of the crop and they aren't going to let the glittering prize slip from their grasp without a fight.

Stephen Baxter's side kick of their title defence at home to Ards tonight.

Snoddy, who enjoyed a loan spell at Coleraine, has come through bruising European battles against Ludogorets and Olimpija Ljubljana. It was a tough introduction to the new campaign for the Hatchetmen but the 25-year-old is keen to hammer home the message where the club's priorities lie.

After lifting the Gibson Cup and County Antrim Shield last season, the trophy hunt commences again in earnest tonight.

"For us the main focus has to be the league title again but I'd be lying if I didn't say that we want to go on and win more trophies," stated Snoddy.

"We can't settle for wanting to go for two trophies this season because of how big a club we are now, the squad we have and the players that Stephen has brought in to strengthen us. We have to win as many trophies as we can.

"In terms of the title race I have no doubt that Linfield will come back hard this season and Coleraine will be there again. I actually think five or six teams can challenge for the title.

"There is great quality coming through in the Irish League right now and it's going to be tougher than ever to win the league.

"With regard to the club going full-time my work is flexible and hopefully I can commit to the full five days.

"It is a footballer's dream to be a full-time player so it's a great opportunity and a great time to be playing for the club."

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