HOWARD Beverland believes Coleraine have yet to realise their true potential.
The Bannsiders have enjoyed a stellar start to the season as they continue their impressive rise under manager Oran Kearney.
Seven games into the new campaign and Kearney’s men sit second in the Danske Bank Premiership – only being denied the top spot by Cliftonville on goal difference.
Beverland has been involved in Coleraine’s first team since the age of 17.
Five years on and the defender is confident the ‘Class of 2012’ can continue hitting the heights.
“I don’t think the lads realise just how much potential there is in the squad,” Beverland said.
“You only have to look at the league table and see how well we are doing. Maybe we need a bit more self-belief, but we are confident about our football at the minute.
“We believe we can make an impression in the Premiership this season, and Europe is definitely a major target for us. We finished fourth last season so we would love to improve on that.
“A trophy would be nice as well, and last season we came close to achieving that.
“We just have to keep plugging away one game at a time and see where it takes us.”
Beverland believes the influence of manager Kearney has been a major factor in the club’s success.
Last season Kearney guided the Bannsiders to the final of the IRN-BRU League Cup and a top-four finish in the Premiership.
“There is no doubt Oran has been a massive factor,” Beverland added.
“He really has done his talking on the pitch with the team he has assembled. Thankfully we seem to be picking up positive results for him.
“His leadership is exemplary and he is a maturing manager. He learned off the best in David Jeffrey at Linfield so he knows what it is about.
“He is determined and that rubs off on the players.”