Chris Casement programme article

Posted : 10th September 2016

Speaking to 'Look at Linfield' earlier in the week, Linfield defender Chris Casement revealed he is enjoying being back at Windsor Park again, after re-joining the club from Portadown at the end of July. Chris is now in his second spell at Linfield, after David Jeffrey first brought him to the club in 2010, following spells in England and Scotland.

“It feels fantastic to be a Linfield player again. It’s brilliant to be back at the club. When I knew that Linfield wanted to sign me, there was only one place I wanted to go. I’m hungry to win trophies and I believe we can achieve that at the club.”

Casement has started every league game so far this season and believes Linfield’s start to the campaign has been steady, with nine points collected from the opening five fixtures.

“I think our start to the season as a team and for myself as an individual, has been steady. As always, there is obviously room for improvement and we strive for that in every training session and every game to achieve that.”

The right-back won consecutive league and Irish Cup doubles in his two seasons in his first spell at the club and he’s hoping hard work will pay off, as he searches for more medals.

“The ambition for the season for a club like Linfield has to be winning trophies. It's going to be a long, tough season with so many good teams competing but hopefully with hard work, both individually and collectively, we can achieve that.”

The once-capped Northern Ireland international was delighted to take part in Jamie Mulgrew’s testimonial game last week, as Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers showed their class at Windsor Park. Having played alongside and against the Linfield captain for more than six years, Chris says the occasion was thoroughly deserved for the midfield general who has served Linfield well since 2005.

“Jamie Mulgrew’s testimonial game was a great occasion. I think we learned a lot from how Rangers apply themselves in every way. They were very, very good. Obviously, the game and the day was all about Jamie Mulgrew and for him to be at Linfield that long is a credit to himself and the club, as it’s not very often that happens. He is a top player and a real driving force in midfield who is hungry with a never ending desire to win. Jamie deserved everything he got last week and I can personally say it was a real pleasure to be involved in such a great occasion.”

Today Chris will be up against some friends at the club he served for four years and it’s something he’s very much looking forward to.

“Playing against old team mates will be good. It’s something I did for Portadown against Linfield many times and I'm looking forward to doing it again today in a game we will be hoping to win. I really enjoyed my time at Shamrock Park. They gave me game time and helped progress me as a player, so it will be good to catch up with old friends at Portadown again."

As Linfield welcome the Ports to Windsor Park this afternoon, Linfield fans will hope Chris travels back home along the M1 in good spirits after a positive result against his former club Portadown who are sure to prove to be tough opposition, after their emphatic and morale boosting 4-0 victory over Carrick Rangers last weekend.
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