Ballyclare Comrades are currently sitting on top of the Bluefin Sport Championship (c)PressEye/Philip Magowan

INTERVIEW: RODGERS LOOKING TO LEAGUE CUP OPPORTUNITY

Defender Chris Rodgers will be lining up for promotion chasing Ballyclare Comrades in their biggest game of the season to date in the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup against Dungnannon Swifts on Wednesday night.

The Ballymena born defender has enjoyed his start to the season at Dixon Park after joining in the summer from Larne. “Life at Ballyclare has been very good and I have settled in extremely well. It always helps when you know some people at the club already, but everyone has been great.” We are a tight group with a real desire and determination to succeed and the quality in this squad is excellent and I think it reflects where we are at present.

The first few months of the season have mainly gone well, we’ve only been beaten twice to date in the league but have dropped silly points here but we won’t get carried away, we’re a confident bunch who feel there’s more to come from this team and we will keep taking it game by game. The 26-year-old has already tasted Premiership football with Ballymena United and has also had spells with Coleraine, Wakehurst and Larne but his ambitions are to continue enjoying the present with Clifford Adams’ squad.

“Although my ambition still remains as high as ever, all I am focused on is continuing to enjoy my football at Ballyclare and hopefully my performances and the team’s performances will take us a long way. There are highs and lows in life, none more so than football but I don’t really get caught up too much anymore on what people think of me and when you go home on a Saturday evening but as you get that bit older you realise football is not everything.

The BetMcLean League Cup game is a real acid test for the ambitious Comrades side.

There is no point in saying it’s a tough place to go because no matter who you play games are always difficult especially away from home but we have prepared for this season with a lot of games against high quality opposition and acquitted ourselves very well.

It’s nice to be involved at this stage so It’s a game we can look forward to and see it as a real opportunity of getting to a semi-final of a major competition. We will be prepared to go there with a real confidence of a positive performance and result.

Ballyclare Comrades travel to Dungannon Swifts in the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup on Wednesday 15 November. You can bet on the winner of this tie and the outright winner of the League Cup at www.betmclean.com.

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