Barry Gray’s Warrenpoint Town have raised a couple of eyebrows up until now. Thought about transfer fodder by numerous prior to the start of the Danske Bank Premiership campaign, the County Down club today being in a healthy sixth place in the league table.

They supported outstanding performances against the top two clubs Larne and Linfield – they took 4 from a possible 6 points – by battling out a scoreless draw from their midweek visit to big-spending Glentoran.

Gray thinks there is more to come from his new-look group.

” I have 17 new players in from last January and they are generally now just settling in,” said the previous Cliftonville employer. “We more than happy for what they have done so far.

” We just have a 21-man panel, so it doesn’t leave a great deal of the old guard. With the Covid break and all the rest, we have actually had really little video game time for those gamers to familiarise themselves with each other. So, we are seeing week in, week out an enhancement. We have a lot of boys not familiar with the league due to the fact that they are originating from over the border.

” It will take them the first round of fixtures to see what they are up versus and to get the feel of the opposition. It’s something that I’ve got to be patient with, which is not my strongest point, but we are getting there. We are sticking together, I know we can improve.”

Gray will be hoping the enhancement continues when Gary Hamilton brings his Glenavon side to the Q Radio Arena this afternoon for the last round of matches before football once again closes down up until the New Year due to the fact that of the pandemic.

” Glenavon is another tough video game,” he added. “I viewed them in midweek versus Cliftonville. They are better than their league position recommends. They have actually been actually regrettable in specific games this season, things have gone versus them.

” It’s going to be a truly challenging 90 minutes.

” The crucial thing was to get the Glentoran game out of the way without any knocks or injuries that would impact group selection for Saturday.

” We’ve had a hard run: Coleraine, Glentoran away and after that Glenavon at home. The method the league is, there is nothing easy.

” We have done well, but we are only nine or 10 video games in, so we’ll not become carried away.”