Stephen McAlorum puts future to one side as he targets glory with Glentoran

Glentoran midfielder Stephen McAlorum
Glentoran midfielder Stephen McAlorum

Stephen McAlorum is willing to put his future to one side as he targets a rousing crescendo to Glentoran’s season.

The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season, with a number of clubs monitoring the 28-year-old’s situation at The Oval.

McAlorum – who is in his third season with the Glens – admits he has enjoyed his time on Mersey Street.

The former Donegal Celtic midfielder was part of the club’s Irish Cup success of two years ago – a feat they hope to emulate this year.

And despite uncertainty hanging over his future, McAlorum insists his only focus is on the club’s quest for success in 2015.

“My contract is up in the summer, and I haven’t heard anything new about my future,” he said.

“I would like to have my future sorted as quickly as possible, but we will have to wait and see.

“It isn’t something that is playing on my mind. Whatever happens will happen. I am just concentrating on playing football with Glentoran.

“If I put in the performances on the pitch then everything else should look after itself.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Glentoran. It has been great being involved in a young squad that has so much potential. Hopefully we can translate that potential into some success this season.

“We have an Irish Cup quarter-final coming up, and we would love to finish in the top four in the Premiership and qualify for Europe.

“So we have so much to play for in the weeks ahead.”

The Glens – who travel to Coleraine in the league on Saturday – suffered a European blow last week with a last-gasp defeat to Glenavon.

The result leaves Eddie Patterson’s side four points behind fourth-placed Cliftonville – not that McAlorum is pressing any alarm buttons.

“It was disappointing to lose last week, especially to a late goal,” he added.

“But we are not getting too down on ourselves. We are still in contention to finish in the top four, and with nine games remaining that is all you can ask for.

“There are going to be some massive games between now and the end of the season. Everyone is talking about the title race, but the fight for Europe could be more exciting.

“Hopefully we can stay in contention for as long as possible. We are still in there fighting, and we are playing with confidence at the minute.

“Most people were writing us off at the start of the season, calling us young and naive.

“Maybe we are both those things, but we are willing to scrap for every point this season.”