Jude Winchester in awe of ‘unbelievable’ team-mate Joe Gormley

Joe Gormley has been in stellar form this season
Joe Gormley has been in stellar form this season

Jude Winchester believes Cliftonville team-mate Joe Gormley has the talent to be a hit on the mainland.

Gormley continued his hot streak in midweek with a clinical brace against Bangor in the League Cup.

The 25-year-old has already racked up 26 goals this season.

Since joining the Reds from Crumlin Star Gormley has netted 107 times in 163 appearances.

Midfielder Winchester spent three years with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock before joining Cliftonville on loan in January.

The Northern Ireland youth international signed a two-year deal in the summer, and has set his sights on a clean sweep of trophies this season.

And he believes talisman Gormley will play a pivotal role in the club’s future success story.

​“​Joe has just been phenomenal. He scores goals for fun,” Winchester said.

“I think in the last five home games he has scored 13 goals. He scored three hat-tricks and then two against both Portadown and Bangor. He is just on fire at the minute.

“He is our main player, and the goals he scores are unbelievable.”

Speculation continues to mount over Gormley’s future at Solitude, with the New Year transfer window looming.

Winchester believes the hit-man deserves his chance in full-time football.

“I don’t see why teams won’t take a chance on Joe. I have played in Scotland and I think he would be success on the mainland,” he added.

“He will score goals wherever he goes, and playing with better players will bring more out of him.

“He will only improve, and he has got what it takes. Hopefully some team takes a chance on him because he deserves it.”

Winchester also harbours hopes of returning to full-time football across the water, but insists he is “loving life” at Cliftonville this season.

“Hopefully I can get back across the water again,” he added.

“It won’t just happen for me – I have to work hard for it.

“If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t it isn’t the end of the world for me. I love it here at Cliftonville and I am really happy.”

Cliftonville continue their trophy assault with Saturday’s trip to Glentoran in the Premiership.

The Reds sit just one point off leaders Linfield as the busy Christmas season approaches.

And with two cup finals already scheduled for next month, Winchester is targeting a clean sweep of silverware.

“I think with the squad we have, there is no reason why we can’t win everything this season. I think it is achievable and that’s what we want,” he said.

“We have two finals in January against Bangor and Ballymena, and we are focused on the league as well. And the Irish Cup is another big target for us.

“You have to be in it to win it, and we want to win trophies.”