Michael Gault insists Portadown have title belief this season

Portadown's Michael Gault (right)
Portadown's Michael Gault (right)

Michael Gault admits a wave of expectation is starting to swell around Shamrock Park this season.

Portadown sit two points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership as they approach a crucial festive period.

Ronnie McFall’s men have won all of their last six league outings – scoring an impressive 18 goals in the process.

Portadown’s last title success was back to 2002 when McFall guided the Mid-Ulster Reds to the Gibson Cup.

They are the last club outside of Belfast to be crowned champions, and hopes are high they can return to the top step once again next May.

Gault – who arrived at Shamrock from Linfield in the summer – admits there is a growing belief they can march to glory this term.

“The confidence is in the squad – we know we can go all the way,” he said.

“I just have that sense that the players are starting to believe in themselves. It maybe wasn’t there before, but I have noticed a change in the changing room.

“We are quietly confident, but we will just take it one game at a time and see where it takes us.

“We have won six on the bounce and confidence is high, but we have to make sure we continue winning games.”

McFall’s shrewd summer transfer policy saw the Ports sign Linfield departees Gault, Mark McAllister and Robert Garrett – three players who know what it takes to go all the way in a tense title race

Gault claimed no less than SEVEN Premiership titles during his time at Windsor Park, a proud record he hopes to bolster at Shamrock Park.

“Mark, Robert and me didn’t come to Portadown to finish second, third or whatever – we are here to win trophies,” he added.

“If people think we are here to kick a ball about and see how it goes, they are gravely mistaken.

“We are three winners who have done it before, and we want to do it again.

“The manager has also been there and done it and he is hungry to crown Portadown as champions again.

“I think Ronnie knew what he was bringing to the club when he signed the three of us. He already had a great squad here, right from the goalkeeper to the strikers.

“Players like Gary Twigg, Darren Murray, Peter McMahon, Garry Breen, Keith O’Hara – all hungry players who want to win the big prize.

“I just think everyone is starting to gel and confidence is high we can give it a genuine shot this season.”