Ian Morris has his Shelbourne side tuned up to go "full throttle" for the rest of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign with the boss targeting silverware in their return season to the top flight.

It'll be a reunion for Morris when Shels get back to league action against Waterford on 1 August. He played under new Blues boss John Sheridan at Chesterfield and knows the former Republic of Ireland midfielder well enough to expect a tough encounter. 

"It'll be a tough game," Morris told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast.

"John actually signed me twice as a player. we won League Two at Chesterfield together so I know him quite well. He's a fantastic man and a fantastic manager. He's a tough man as well so he'll have his side set up right.

"It's a case of us doing out homework now in pre-season and seeing the way they're playing and what's coming in the door for them."

Shels made a decent start to the season, winning two of their first four games. Morris is not afraid to declare that he wants, and expects, more from his men though, and highlighted the impressive physical condition they are after the lockdown.

"I can't wait," he said of the return to games.

"It's been a long time coming. The boys are looking fresh, they're looking strong, we're just eager to get going.

"We were quite busy [over lockdown]. The players loved it. They didn't want to stop, they wanted to keep going and to be fair we've reaped the rewards since they came back because everyone has tested stronger, they've tested fitter and we're in a better place as a squad.

"We've prepared really as best as we can. But that's the thing with football... within the 90 minutes of a game, anything can happen so it's about being really diligent in our work on the opposition and making sure we're set. But fitness wise, in terms of sharpness, we're in a good place."

The shortened season means Shels only have 14 league games to play, but Morris refused to use that as an excuse for his team not to hit the ground running.

"I want more," he said. "I want us to be better. I feel we can be better so we're going to be coming out and attacking teams and being clinical hopefully in the way we approach games.

"I want to win things. I want to challenge. I want to to finish as high up the table as we possibly can. For me there's no step off, no foot off the pedal, no, 'aw it's only 14 games'.

"We're going full throttle and we're going to go after every team, try and win every game and hopefully do well in the cup as well."

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