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Stephen McAlorum backs Jordan Stewart to keep sparkling

By Graham Luney

Stephen McAlorum has tipped Jordan Stewart to light up the Danske Bank Premiership again this season.

Stewart was disappointed when a potential switch to League One side Barnsley fell through and a two-week suspension after an appearance for another club in a friendly game gave the winger a fresh dose of the blues.

The 20-year-old wanted the season to start to let his football do the talking and he came up with a sweet finish in the Charity Shield to sink Crusaders at Solitude.

The two sides resume hostilities in the league at The Oval tonight (7.45pm) and both are still smarting from opening day defeats.

Stewart was unable to inspire his side to victory at Coleraine but the Crues know all about the little man's powers and Glens skipper McAlorum is expecting more heroics from the sparkling diamond.

"Jordan is a great player and if nothing works out for him regarding a big move, we are delighted to have him with us," said McAlorum.

"His main aim is to play full-time football and hopefully he does do that one day but the Irish League is full of great players and he's one of them, we are very happy to have him.

"He's got time on his side and he will get better. It could simply be the case that now is not the right time for him to make the move. Maybe he can have his best ever season this year and get that big move off the back of it. He's certainly good enough.

"Crusaders will be favourites for the league and rightly so, they are a great side.

"We beat them in the Charity Shield but they remain very powerful and strong. All we can do is give it our best shot and every team wants to get that first win under their belts.

"I felt we were poor and just didn't turn up at Coleraine. If any side wants to be successful they need to work hard and we will have to do better."

The Irish Cup holders came home sixth in the league last season and will be looking to apply more pressure on the big guns.

"We were sixth last season and you always want to progress and improve on that," added former Donegal Celtic midfielder McAlorum.

"We want to get away from the tag of being a cup-winning side but we need to find consistency in the league to do that.

"It would be nice to really challenge the top teams like Crusaders and Linfield.

"The younger boys are a year older and we have a good squad. You hope that the boys are hungrier for more success after the Irish Cup win."

McAlorum is proud to wear the Glens armband and lifting a trophy as skipper is a dream he's now chasing.

He added: "Being captain of this great club is a massive privilege. There's been a few legendary captains through the years and it's thrilling to be mentioned alongside them.

"It would be a great honour to lift a trophy for this club as captain."

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