Gary Hamilton believes the Irish League landscape needs a strong mid-Ulster representation.
Eight games into the new Danske Bank Premiership season and Glenavon sit proudly at the top of the table.
Lurking in their slipstream are derby rivals Portadown who have also enjoyed an impressive start to the new campaign.
In recent years the Ports have flirted with the top spots in the Premiership, but the search for a first title since 2002 continues.
For Glenavon it has been a barren spell of under-achievement, one that has been punctuated by a raft of managerial changes.
You have to date back to 2000/01 for the last time the Lurgan Blues broke into the top six – when they finished runners-up to Linfield.
The following season they could only finish seventh (out of 10) while neighbours Portadown claimed the league title.
It would be the Ports’ last Gibson Cup success, but hopes are high they can return to the glory days this season, while Glenavon fans are also enjoying this season’s renaissance under ambitious manager Hamilton.
The Lurgan Blues boss is refusing to get carried away with the club’s table-topping antics, but is going to enjoy the ride as the season progresses.
“It is nice to be top of the table, but we know there is a long way to go. The likelihood is we won’t be top come the end of the season,” he said.
“But we can hopefully build on this start and continue to pick up points along the way.
“We know everything can change. Last season we were on a decent run, and then suddenly we didn’t pick up a win in 10 games.
“That’s football and you have to deal with it when it happens.
“But it is good to see Glenavon and Portadown doing well. I think the Irish League needs a good Mid-Ulster representation. Just like it needs the Belfast four and the likes of Ballymena and Coleraine.
“These clkubs can bring big support and the league needs that.
“At Glenavon we just want to entertain and put bums on seats, and we have done that so far this season.
“But it is a building process and it is early days. We still have a long way to go”
On Saturday afternoon Glenavon travel to Seaview to face Crusaders.
“It is another tough test, but we want to try and build more momentum so we are looking forward to it,” Hamilton addfed.