Carrick Rangers proved last season that they know what it takes to grind out a result, running up a lengthy unbeaten sequence on the way to winning the Championship 1 title and they are determined to get something on Saturday at Stangmore Park.
“The opening trip to Dungannon is not an easy one. I know Darren Murphy well. We played together at Ballymena and he is hungry for success and doing a great job” assured Haveron.
“His team, like ourselves, play an entertaining type of football and it should be a good spectacle for the respective supporters”.
Carrick may have made a clean sweep of trophies last season but there are no lofty ambitions on their return to top grade football, Haveron saying he’d accept a tenth place finish now if it was offered.
The chief coach and manager-in-waiting is adamantly insisting that survival is the name of their game this time round, a realistic approach given that they cannot even begin to think about taking on the big clubs with years of experience and infinitely greater resources.
“We are all looking forward to testing ourselves against the best teams in the country on a weekly basis and it will be great for everybody connected to the Taylor’s Avenue club.
“But it’s a whole new ball-park for us” said Haveron, who is delighted and excited to have recruited Cliftonville legend Barry Johnstone.
“He’s a brilliant signing, the experienced midfielder coming off the back of two league title triumphs and numerous other trophy wins with The Reds.
“Barry will bring quality to the team and will be a terrific inspiration to all those around him. I know him well, having played with him twelve or thirteen years ago at Coleraine.
“We are all eager to get going and, if we apply ourselves well, I would be optimistic that we will come back down the motorway with something to show for our endeavours” added the confident former Coleraine and Ballymena United player.