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Rejuvenated ace Paul McElroy is setting his sights higher

By Adrian Rutherford

Paul McElroy admits he may have to re-assess his targets for the season at Dungannon Swifts.

The 21-year-old is leading the way for the Co Tyrone side with his performances and goals.

He has scored six times already and is well on course to hit double figures - his main aim at the beginning of the campaign.

"I set myself a target at the start of the season of getting 10, and I've got six so far, so maybe I might have to look at that," McElroy said.

"If I get another couple before Christmas I'll maybe be targeting 12 or 15 goals."

McElroy boosted his tally with a double as Dungannon beat bottom side Warrenpoint Town 5-1 last weekend ahead of today's clash with Crusaders.

He has been Swifts' player of the season to date, and is showing signs of a return to form.

It follows a frustrating 18 months for the ex-Hull City player.

After leaving the KC Stadium he had unsuccessful spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Linfield and Portadown.

But a return home to the club where it all started has helped get his career back on track.

"Last year was a year to forget for me," McElroy added. "Everyone knew when I came here that I just wanted to play football.

"I'm like every young lad - I just love playing. I felt last year I didn't really get a fair crack at it at any of the clubs I was at.

"Now I've had a good run. I've played nearly every minute of every game and I'm enjoying it.

"I look forward to every game and trying to help the team whatever way I can."

McElroy will be key if Dungannon are to pull off a shock against the Crues.

Stephen Baxter's side lead the table by six points.

And they will be confident of maintaining their charge towards a second consecutive title with victory at Stangmore Park.

However, McElroy believes the Swifts can cause a shock.

"We're at different ends of the table but in the past they haven't liked coming here," he added.

"They came here twice last year and both times it was a draw, so you never know.

"Hopefully we can keep this run of form going. We've four points from our last two games and hopefully we can get something out of the next one as well.

"It would be a fantastic start going into the Christmas period."

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