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Our hunger still growing: Traynor

 

By Steven Beacom

Coleraine hero Aaron Traynor insists that the Bannsiders are 'hungrier than ever' to stay at the top end of the Irish Premiership.

Oran Kearney's men were the talk of the local game last season when they pushed eventual champions Crusaders every step of the way and won the Irish Cup final against Cliftonville.

The Reds will have the chance for revenge today when Barry Gray's side meet Coleraine in a mouthwatering league clash at Solitude. Both sides enter the fixture in confident mood after opening day victories against Glentoran and Warrenpoint Town respectively.

While the jury is out on Cliftonville's title chances, most involved in the Irish League believe Kearney's players will challenge once again.

Full-back Traynor, who was brilliant for the Bannsiders last season, says they are happy to be considered one of the top dogs now.

"It is a great feeling that other clubs now see us as one of the big teams," said Traynor. "When opposition sides see they are playing Coleraine at the Showgrounds, they know they are coming to one of the hardest grounds to get anything from.

"There may be more pressure and expectation, but us being up there, I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't want to go back to being mid-table or the bottom of the table. That's why I moved to Coleraine, to be up at the top, and hopefully we can stay there.

"We are hungrier than ever. We won the Irish Cup, which was fantastic, but there isn't a feeling that we are going to relax."

Coleraine lost only one league game last season - 2-1 away to Linfield in November. Could they produce something similar?

"For us to do it last season was incredible," said Traynor. "When we lost at Windsor Park to Linfield it was disappointing, but then we went on another great unbeaten run. It's a big if to try and have a season like that again, but we'll give it a go."

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