Laois senior football manager, John Sugrue says that despite having a lot of work to be done before the opening round of the Allianz National Football League, he is confident his team will be ready.
Speaking to Midlands 103 after Saturday’s win over Wicklow, he said: “We are far from where we need to be and we have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks.
“We have enough training and challenge games coming up and we’ll have enough training under us by the time the league starts to say that we should be in a good enough position to play competitive football by the end of January.”
Looking forward, Sugrue is focused on his team and his team only.
“We came up from Division 4 to 3. That’s a step up for us we just have to go in with our minds focused and see how we get on there.
“Other teams are coming down from Division 2 and they might be in a slightly stronger position but we just have to focus on ourselves and get our intensity right and our clarity of mind right for the start of the National League in 3 weeks time.”
Having made a few changes from last year’s team with new players aiming to make their presence known and past players calling it a day, the Kerry man is confident in the younger players coming through.
He said: “These are all young fellas. Most of these guys are over 20 years of age, they’re men now. It’s time for them to get their chance at it and when they do go in they need to be positive and bullish and strong about what they’re doing.
“This is inter county football, it’s not a place for standing back and being overly polite. Some of these guys are coming in and really being that way about it.””
“We have a lot of fells brought in. A lot of them have put in some good training so far. They’ve had their chance now and unfortunately we have to cut the panel and by doing so it might nudge up the standard of our play a small bit again,” he added.
Laois will play Down in Newry in the opening round of the Allianz Division 3 football league on January 27.