Belfast Telegraph

Heatley: Crues will keep raising the bar

By Graham Luney

Crusaders hero Paul Heatley has warned Irish League rivals that the Shore Road club will become even stronger in the future.

The Crues can win back-to-back titles for the first time in the club's 118-year history if they can beat derby rivals Cliftonville at Solitude tonight (7.45pm).

Heatley and his team-mates will be assured of legendary status but the winger, who was crowned Player of the Year last season, insists the Seaview trophy-winning machine will become even more ruthless.

"We want to make history and then build on what we have achieved, both in Europe and then domestically," said the 28-year-old.

"We have a fantastic manager (Stephen Baxter) and a very talented group of players with a hunger for success and we always aspire to be better.

"There is always room for improvement and step by step we are doing that.

"From a Europa League win to a Champions League victory, we have improved in Europe and back-to-back titles will be a huge achievement for this club.

"Now we are in a fantastic position to get even stronger with the manager strengthening the squad and helping us to win even more trophies.

"We know we have exceeded all expectations but you've got to always believe that next season could be even better."

Linfield, who are eight points behind the champions with only three games remaining, travel to face bitter rivals Glentoran at The Oval tonight.

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