New signing Barry Molloy insists he is on a trophy crusade with new club Crusaders.
The Crues snapped up the signature of the experienced midfielder after he turned down a new offer at Derry City.
Molloy has joined former Institute striker Stephen O’Flynn at Seaview during the transfer window – a significant statement of intent from Crues boss Stephen Baxter.
It has the potential to be a shrewd piece of business from the Shore Road club.
They currently lead the Danske Bank Premiership by one point, and are also targeting glory in the Irish Cup.
And Molloy says every player at the club has subscribed to Baxter’s winning mentality.
“We want to be winning trophies. That’s why I came here,” the 31-year-old said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Glentoran.
“We are all buying into what Stephen is doing at the club. There are a lot of top players here, and as long as we are in the league and Irish Cup we will be fighting to win them.”
Molloy admits he is relishing his chance in the Irish League following almost 10 years at the Brandywell.
“The boys have made me very welcome at Crusaders. I came up to do some training before Christmas and the lads have been excellent,” he added.
“It is a good group, and everyone is focused on the one goal of trying to win the league this year. And we are all buying into it.
“Hopefully I can add to the great players we have at the club.”
Molly faces a challenge to tie down a regular starting berth for the Crues this season.
With midfield talent including Richard Clarke and Declan Caddell at the club, not to mention Chris Morrow – who is continuing his recovery from an ankle injury – there is plenty of competition for places.
“There is a lot of competition in the midfield area. There is Declan Caddell, Richard Clarke, myself, and Chris Morrow is coming back from injury and he is a top player,” Molloy added.
“There is plenty of competition but that is what we want. It was the same at Derry City, but that helps you raise your game, and you need to make sure you are ready when you get the call.”
Reflecting on his decision to leave Derry City, Molloy believes “the time was right” for a change.
“That’s football. These things happen,” he said.
“Things weren’t right for myself and I thought it was time for a new challenge.
“And once I spoke with Stephen (Baxter) I knew I wanted to work under him. We have a good thing going at Seaview, and I want to add to the success the club has enjoyed in recent years.”
Molloy made his Crues debut as a second half substitute in the league win over Ballinamallard United on January 3, and scored on his full debut in last week’s Irish Cup romp over Newington YC.
“It was great to get a goal – I don’t get too many,” he joked.
“I don’t score very many goals. I scored one last year so I have equalled that already.
“I just hope fans don’t get used to it.”