Now in his eighth season at Inver Park, versatile defender Craig Todd is determined to force his way back into the starting eleven at Larne.
Todd spoke to the Larne Times after helping the Olympic to a 7-0 win over Cookstown Youth on Saturday. “I will keep on working hard and hopefully I can push on and get a run in the team. It has been frustrating but the important thing is the team is doing well, and at the end of the day the manager will make the decisions.
“The current squad is technically very good and a lot of people forget how young the squad is. There is a lot of potential and there are a lot of good teenagers in the Olympic squad as well. We are all working very hard at training and I think that can be seen in most of the games.”
On the recent 3-2 win over Lurgan Celtic, Todd added: “The result was massive. We were disappointed to go two down, but there was a belief in the side that we could get something from the game. A draw would have been a good result but we kept going to the end.
“In the previous two games we had been poor. The defeat against Albert Foundry really hit our confidence, then Ards totally overpowered us. It was embarrassing losing 6-1 and it shouldn’t happen against any side.
“We are now looking forward to the Armagh game on Saturday and the boys are confident we can get a result to keep us in touch with the top two. We are looking forward to facing John Connolly who is a great lad but friendships will be forgotten for 90 minutes.”
Todd is also looking forward to the Toals County Antrim Shield semi-final against Glenn Ferguson’s Ballymena United on Tuesday night (December 1): “When the Armagh match is out of the way we have one of our biggest games of the season. Obviously the league is our priority but Ballymena at home is always special and it’s game we can certainly win. After going out of the Steel & Sons, we have a massive incentive to go out and win this one.
“We did well against them in pre-season and everyone connected with the club is looking forward to it. There should be a big crowd which is good for the club and obviously being at home is a bonus.
“We will all work hard as usual this week, hopefully put the Armagh game to bed then we can start to think about Ballymena.”