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Five key questions: Glentoran striker Curtis Allen previews the Irish League season

In the run-up to the new season, we will be asking Irish League personalities FIVE key questions.

Today, Steven Beacom speaks to striker Curtis Allen of Glentoran, who have slipped into the Danske Bank Premiership’s bottom half in the last two campaigns but have fresh hope for the future following the additions of Oval legends Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman to recently-returned manager Ronnie McFall’s backroom team...

Who will be the title challengers in the Irish Premiership?

I don’t see it changing too much from last season. With the strong squad that they have, Crusaders will be up there, I fancy Coleraine to go well again and even Glenavon, who have been pushing in recent seasons, could be a threat because they have made some decent signings. I can see it being between those three.

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Could Glenavon challenge for the league title?

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

I think there are a few. The players to watch out for could be Robbie McDaid, John McGuigan and Dylan Davidson. They are all names that our fans will know and have a lot of potential, so I think this could be a big season for them. It’s time to step up and show the Glentoran faithful what they can do and put their stamp on the league because the quality is there to do that. Hopefully all three will have a big season because that would really help the team.

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John McGuigan could be set for a strong season.

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

Stephen Lowry will probably have a very good season at Coleraine. I played with Stephen in his first spell at Coleraine and going back to his hometown club from Linfield, he will be more settled and happy playing there. He could be a really important player for Coleraine in the campaign ahead.

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New look: Stephen Lowry is back in Coleraine colours

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

Being a striker, I want to see lots of goals and lots of entertaining matches. With the goals per game ratio, the Irish League is right up there in terms of entertainment and hopefully there will be more of the same this year. Also it would be great to see another season like last time, where the race for the league title is very close. When one team is way ahead at the top, it isn’t as exciting.

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Glentoran's Curtis Allen is hoping he has plenty to celebrate this season.

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

Goals, goals, goals.

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