Garry Breen believes the time has arrived for Portadown to deliver some major silverware success.
Breen is coming to the end of his fourth full season with the Ports following a move from Dundalk in January, 2011.
In his first year he was part of the squad that lost to Lisburn Distillery in the final of the League Cup.
Breen believes Ronnie McFall’s side has the potential to get back on the trophy trail – and the time to start delivering is now.
“With the starting XI and the squad itself, I think it is the best on paper. So we should be challenging for the league year in, year out. And the cups as well,” he said.
“It is very hard to put your finger on one reason why we didn’t sustain a title charge this season.
“One thing people do mention is the Friday night defeat to Warrenpoint Town. We could have gone five points clear at the top, but we didn’t get the result we needed.
“It played on the players’ minds, so that was a big factor.”
Breen believes the choice of venue for Saturday’s cup showpiece will give Portadown added motivation.
With Windsor Park sustaining significant structural damage, the Irish FA turned to the home of Glentoran to host the final.
“The fact the game is at The Oval has given us added motivation,” he said.
“Glentoran have been handed home advantage, so we will be up against it from the start. But that will galvanise us.”