Dundalk starlet Ciaran O’Connor is eyeing the club’s upcoming run of pre-season friendlies to make an impression on first team boss Stephen Kenny.
The U19’s striker spoke about his hopes for the season ahead before his side beat Finn Harps 2-0, a game he missed out on with a hamstring problem.
“I am excited about the season ahead and hopefully I get an opportunity in the friendlies coming up,” ‘Gazza’ said of his ambitions for the senior campaign.
“I love setting goals for myself and trying to go on and achieve them which is something I always do for myself and usually I do manage to get them.
“For this year, I have set myself a target of scoring five goals in friendlies or in any competition and hopefully make a couple of appearances or get on the bench too.”
However, he remains very much grounded despite his tender age and knows that time is certainly something that is on his side while also warning the current crop of first team forwards to be ready to fight for their places.
“I am still only 17 so I have plenty of time and I know that all I can do is work hard. I just have to continue working away and putting the effort in and show my work rate.
“Then, hopefully my chance will come and if it does, I’ll have to finish it.”
He added: “It will be tough of course I know it will because there is a lot of good strikers in this squad who I really enjoy learning from but if I can keep on working hard, then the battle [for a place] is going to be good.”
Meanwhile, Dundalk Youths were beaten 5-1 at Oriel Park on Sunday by Crumlin United in their league meeting.