Glentoran's Corey McMullan has been a key part of the East Belfast side's early success in the Danske Bank Premiership. (c)Stephen Hamilton/Presseye


Summer signing Corey McMullan admits he is ‘very proud’ to be playing at The Oval, writes Aaron O'Neill.

The 21 year-old became one of Gary Haveron’s first summer signings as he looked to bolster his squad ahead of the 2017/18 Danske Bank Premiership season and the youngster insists he has settled in well.

“I know how big of a club it is but I have been made very welcome by everyone around the club. The players have all been great to me and have helped me grow in confidence with their support. Glentoran is a special club and hopefully we can get the feel good factor back at the Oval.

McMullan previously enjoyed a spell at Limavady United before a wealth of success during the 2016/17 campaign with Ballyclare Comrades grabbed the attention of the Glentoran boss.

“Gaz got in contact with me just after the play-off defeat with Institute. I was feeling really low after the defeat and it was a great feeling to hear about the interest from a club of that size.

Last season’s heroics saw the youngster named runner-up in the Beleek NIFWA Championship Player of the year award - behind his now Glentoran team-mate, John McGuigan - and the central midfielder admits he has noticed the gulf in the divisions.

“It certainly is a step up but one I’m really enjoying and learning from each week. Don’t get me wrong The Championship was super competitive but in this league your concentration always needs to be 100% or else you’ll be punished.

On a personal level the youngster has some targets of his own for the remainder of the season.

“From the moment I signed my main focus was to get myself in the team and be a big player for this club. So far I’ve started all but one game, I haven’t got the same number of goals as I did at this stage last season but I’m just trying to improve each and every game.

Preparation is often something which we here being bandied about by both managers and players alike and McMullan suggests he is no different.

“I prepare as well as I can for each match and after the last training session I have an ice bath so my legs can feel fresh for matchday. I get lots of rest the night before a game and about 3 hours before the kick-off I’ll have a bowl of pasta and meat. It’s something I’ve done since I’ve been about 13 and just never felt like changing.”

McMullan will be aiming to set the record straight with a win against Cliftonville this Saturday. The fixture comes just days after Carrick knocked Gary Haveron’s side out of the Bet McLean League Cup after a 1-0 victory at The Oval.

Next up for Glentoran is the visit of Cliftonville to the Oval this Saturday (14 October) in the Danske Bank Premiership (kick-off 3.00pm).

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