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Edgar grateful for second opportunity caught up with Mark Edgar to reflect on his few first months with the Bannsiders…

The defender re-joined the Bannsiders in January after putting pen-to-paper on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The ex-Carrick Rangers man has made 11 appearances in all competitions and he spoke to Jonathan McNabb about how things are going at The Showgrounds.

Q1. Are you enjoying your second spell with Coleraine? Was it a shock when Rodney made his interest known in you?

I’m really enjoying being back here as it’s my hometown club and I never really wanted to leave the first time around.

When Rodney and I spoke about me returning I was more than happy to do so.

I wouldn’t say I was shocked, just more grateful for the opportunity to come back here.

Q2. Your first spell was a mixture of ups and downs…do you feel you have learned from it?

A lot has changed since then, though a few of the boys are still here from my first spell.

I went to Carrick and played 30-40 games in a tough campaign and definitely gained experience, albeit at the wrong end of the table, saying that I enjoyed my spell in East Antrim at Carrick Rangers.

Q3. How would you say your game has changed since your first spell at The Showgrounds?

I wouldn’t say my game has changed as I always give 100% in every game I play for Coleraine but what has changed is that I’m more experienced with more games under my belt at Irish league level for both Carrick Rangers and Coleraine which has stood me in good stead on my return to The Showgrounds this time round.

Q4. All that is missing is your first goal for the Bannsiders?

Yes, I almost broke my duck for Coleraine away to Ards early in January but Sam Johnston made a brilliant save to deny me from a free kick.

Whilst I would like to score, I can rely on our forwards to deliver in the opposing half while we try to defend our goal.

Q5. What’s your aims between now and the end of the season?

Obviously my main aim is to get positive results both in the league and the Irish Cup.

The Cup being so important to this town, club and players, but personally I would be so proud to walk out at Windsor Park on cup final day and hopefully retain the trophy after missing out on selection in the 2017 final against Linfield.

The one problem I would have is which of my kids – Patrick and Lola – I would carry out with me.

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