Recent Shamrock Rovers signing Graham Burke believes that the Hoops can pip both Dundalk and Cork City to the SSE Airtricity Premier Division title.
The 23-year-old returned to Ireland after coming through the ranks at Aston Villa as well as spells at Shrewsbury Town and Notts County.
He revealed that Rovers are ‘hungry’ to do as well as they can, including lifting the League of Ireland title under manager Stephen Bradley.
“We want to win the league, and do as well in Europe as we can do,” Burke told Lansdowne Roar.
“The favourites are Dundalk or Cork. For us, that’s who we will be challenging for the league.
“It’s a young group. Everybody’s hungry and everybody wants to achieve something. We’ve got such a good squad, and we’ve got such competition for places. We want to achieve winning the league and doing as well as we can in all cup competitions.”
Burke scored on his debut for Rovers against Dundalk, but ruined a perfect start with a bad challenge that saw him sent off. The red card meant he was suspended for three games, including the Dublin Derby with Bohemians.
“It was a strange debut, coming off the bench and scoring,” he continued.
“I was on a massive high. Then I just went into the challenge stupidly. I don’t even know what I was thinking myself to go into a tackle like that. Now looking back at it on the television, I’m thinking ‘oh hang on, what the hell was I doing there?’ I can only learn from that, and try not to do things like that.
“Looking at the Bohs game and being in the stands, the atmosphere. Looking back, I was stupid because I was missing that big game. I was thinking to myself “aww, you eejit.” Everything was such a buzz in the dressing room.
“Now I’m here, I just want to achieve what Shamrock Rovers want to achieve. We all have the same mindset. We’re just going to take each game as it comes. I’m not thinking five or 20 games down the line, it’s just every Friday or Saturday that’s the main focus. When we beat Bohs, we came back in and that game was gone. We have a new challenge each week. It’s all week by week, game by game, and every game is different.”