The Allianz National League starts on Sunday for us down in Portlaoise, against Laois and I am expecting it to be a battle royale.
It really is a tough opener. And when you consider we have to go to Galway the following weekend to face the Tribesmen there is certainly nothing toO easy about our two opening games.
O’Moore Park has never been a happy a hunting ground for us and our record there would not be all that great.
If we are to be in with a chance of promotion, which has to be our goal, it is one of those games we are going to have to win. With only three home games, we are going to have to chalk up at least one win on the road if not two.
I believe we are good enough down there to bag the points. We have the work done and we are in good shape. Jim and the boys have the best part of three months of preparation put in at this stage and we are probably in the best shape we ever have been this time of the year.
The other target has to be to unearth a few new players in this league. We really need new blood to freshen the team up. Players like Ryan McHugh, Marty O’Reilly and Odhran MacNiallais are going to have to be given a chance. I would start at least two of them in every game. They are the future and are the only players at present that are putting up their hands.
Young Darach O’Connor is another but he is only out of minor and from what I have seen of him, he strikes me as one for the future. In his case I would be inclined to introduce him gradually and bring him on as a sub rather than throw him in at the deep end from the off.
I also feel we are going to have to become more direct in our play and play far less of the lateral ball which has crept into our game of late.
Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden are two of the best inside men in the modern game and I think we should be driving the ball into them at every opportunity.
I feel if we adopt a more direct approach we will reap the rewards it could be our ace in the pack fo 2014. The two boys are in good form and are two class forwards with the ability to really punish defences.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.