Haveron hungry for some home comforts
Gary Haveron is relishing the opportunity to use home advantage to its maximum potential now that Carrick Rangers can finally put their pitch problems behind them.
After failing to fulfil a fixture at Taylors Avenue for almost three months Carrick returned home 10 days ago and celebrated with a 2-1 win over Coleraine.
Carrick will play only one of their 10 fixtures before the league split at the end of next month away from home, starting tonight against Glenavon and with just four points separating the bottom four in the Danske Bank Premiership Haveron is keen to maintain a record that was instrumental in getting them into the top flight.
"Last season we won every home game bar one, which was a draw," said Haveron.
"I always said that our home form this season would play a big part in dictating where we would be playing our football next season, but we haven't been able to use our home advantage because of the condition of the pitch.
"When we have played at home we've been hard to beat. We drew 1-1 with Glentoran and could have beaten them, we lost 1-0 to Portadown to a last minute penalty and we should have beaten Glenavon the last time."
Meanwhile Glentoran have confirmed that Stephen O'Flynn will join them next season after agreeing a pre-contract with the striker.
O'Flynn joined Ballinamallard United last week, but will head to The Oval in the summer.
"I am looking forward to working with Stephen. He has a proven track record and will be a major asset to us, adding a different dimension to our play," said Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan.
Meanwhile Dale Patton has had his contract at Linfield terminated by mutual consent, allowing him to join another club outside of the transfer window.