Midfielder Aaron Burns tomorrow joins the illustrious Linfield 100-Club – and he wants to celebrate the occasion by claiming three points at the Ballymena Unted Showgrounds.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation since returning to Windsor Park over the summer – his impressive performances have helped David Jeffrey’s troops roar to the top of the Premiership table.
Burns, who joined the Blues as a 10-year-old, insists there is more to come from a side that is now unbeaten in nine league starts.
“There is a great hunger in this team,” said Burns, who made his debut against Coleraine in 2008.
“We had a poor start to the league campaign, after some great performances in Europe.
“It was only a matter of time before we clicked. I was away for a season, so it was like joining a new team as the boss made so many changes over the summer – he brought in a lot off quality players.
“There is now great competition for a starting shirt – it helps keep you on your toes. The boss says it’s up to each player to hold on to the shirt because there is always someone there ready to take it off you.
“It’s going to be a big thrill to make my 100th appearance – if selected.”
But 21-year-old Burns is expecting few favours from his former team mate, Glenn Ferguson, now the Ballymena manager.
“It will be a tough game – it always is up there. Spike will have them pumped up,” added, Buns, who has bagged four goals so far.
“But we have managed to get ourselves to the top of the table – we want to remain there, so it’s vital we take three points form the game.”
United boss Ferguson has guided his team out of choppy waters and are unbeaten in their last three games. Taking the scalp of the league leaders would be a massive bonus
“The win at Dungannon last week was pleasing -- it was their first defeat of the season at Stangmore Park, so that made it even more significant.
“It’s now vital to keep the momentum going, although it will be an entirely different proposition against a Linfield side that has now become accustomed to winning.”