Mark Carson has spent the past few seasons learning his trade in the game but is now aiming to graduate on to the senior stage.
Budget restrictions will limit Portadown’s summer business but the former Loughgall player signed amateur terms this week and is counting the days until the start of the Danske Bank Premiership season.
“Those who know me will know my ambition has always been to test myself at the top level,” said the Lurgan-born midfielder. “I accept it is not going to happen overnight due to so much competition at a top club like Portadown.
“However, I only ever wanted the opportunity and have loved every minute since arriving at the club.
“I do not know that many at the club but everyone made me feel so welcome from day one.”
Ports fans may remember Carson for his role as Loughgall’s leading player in the Mid-Ulster Cup tie last season at Lakeview Park.
I only ever wanted the opportunity and have loved every minute since arriving at the clubMark Carson
That February match finished in a 3-1 win for the Ports but Carson delivered an assist for Loughgall’s solitary reward and proved impressive along the right flank.
“I started out on the right of midfield in my career but spent some time at right-back with Loughgall,” said Carson. “In that match against Portadown I was right-back in the first half then moved forward into midfield and would consider that more advanced role my best position.
“I spent almost three years at Loughgall after joining from Glenavon as a teenager.
“I won two Bob Radcliffe Cup titles with Loughgall and have so many happy memories but, once my contract was up in the summer, I wanted to try and get a chance at senior football.”