Curran seeking to raise the bar

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curran3LIMERICK FC striker Craig Curran is striving to build upon an impressive first season with the club by raising his standards even further in 2014.

The Liverpudlian striker scored seven goals in the league last term, including some magnificent strikes in crucial games, and he is keen to enhance his status as a fans’ favourite.

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Talking about his determination to better his goals tally from 2013, Curran said: “The aim is to progress and to improve on all aspects of what we’ve done, individually and collectively, and that falls into that category. That will be one of the areas we’re looking to improve on and I think if you go into a season not wanting to improve then there’s no point in going into it.

“Every year I assess myself. What can I do better? Where can I improve? How can I become a better player? I’ve done that so I’ve got an idea of how I want the season to go and I’ll be working my hardest to make it happen.”

Curran was named as Limerick FC’s vice-captain for this season after just one year at the club, but he is supremely confident that he has the qualities necessary for the role.

“I wouldn’t say I was surprised. I think I’m capable of having the role. I was honoured to get it and to have such a big role for such a good club and it’s now up to me to help the younger lads out with the experience that I’ve got from back home and from a year here. It’s a pleasure to have it.”

The majority of the squad from last season remains at Thomond Park, but with injuries and suspensions all too frequent, there was little continuity in the first team.

Curran believes, however, that the team coped well despite the absentees and that the squad is broad enough to push for a top six finish.

“If you look back at the season we never had all of our players fit at the same time so we never really got to see what everyone was like together. Oji coming in was a massive factor for us because we didn’t have a stable back four for over half the season. The players who moved there did fantastic but it wasn’t their natural position.

“We’ve got no worries whatsoever about the size of the squad because we’ve got enough quality within the squad to do really well.