Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron admits he is relishing the cut and thrust of the Danske Bank Premiership.
Newly-promoted Rangers sit third from bottom in the table following a frustrating run of nine league games without a win.
Their last Premiership success came on September 12 with a 3-1 victory over Ballinamallard United.
Despite the barren spell, Haveron – whose side entertain Cliftonville on Saturday – insists Carrick belong to be in the top flight.
“We worked so hard last season to get here, so we are embracing the Premiership,” he said.
“These are the games we want to be involved in. We want to playing the likes of Cliftonville, Linfield, Crusaders and the others.
“Yes, it has been frustrating and disappointing at times, but I have never been disillusioned.
“We have competed in the majority of games we have played in, but we just need to pick up a few results to spur us on.”
Haveron is preparing for the visit of second-placed Cliftonville on Saturday before a massive County Antrim Shield semi-final showdown with Linfield next Tuesday night.
“It is a big week for us, but we wouldn’t have it any other way,” Haveron added.
“Cliftonville are a cracking side who are doing well under Skin (Gerard Lyttle). They are fighting for the title and it is a game we are looking forward to.”