I can make Premiership grade with Dungannon, says Corey McMullan after Glentoran exit
Dungannon Swifts midfielder Corey McMullan is determined to make the most of a second shot at top-flight football this season.
The 22-year-old joined Glentoran last year after playing for Championship side Ballyclare Comrades.
After an encouraging start, he lost his place in the team, and swapped The Oval for Stangmore Park in the summer.
But McMullan believes he has what it takes to be successful at this level.
"I started last season well and played regularly for Glentoran, but for one reason or another the form dipped for me and the team," he said.
"I got left out and it can be difficult when you're a bit younger to get back in. I just had to keep my head up and I wanted to give it another go this season. Thankfully Dungannon have given me the chance to do that.
"Last season I showed in the first half of the season that I can compete in this league and it's not too big of a step up. I just have to use it as experience - the disappointments as much as the good times."
McMullan was Dungannon's second signing of the summer. A midfielder with high energy, McAree brought him in with one eye on replacing Terry Fitzpatrick, who retired in April. McMullan is looking forward to another chance in the top division.
"I wanted to give it another crack in the Premiership. I think Rodney is a great manager and I was interested in the way Dungannon play, and coming in and playing under him.
"I've enjoyed pre-season and, while the result didn't go our way on Saturday, hopefully we can turn that around."
Dungannon opened the new season with a 2-0 home defeat by Ballymena. Tonight they face Newry City AFC, aiming to spoil the newly-promoted side's party in their first home game.
McMullan, however, has his sights fixed on getting the Swifts' season up and running. And afer the first day loss, he knows the importance of the early games.
"If you can get points on the board it helps, because you're not playing catch-up," he added.