Former Northern Ireland defender Barry Hunter is expecting Northern Ireland to make Europe sit up and take notice at Euro 2016 because of Michael O'Neill's meticulous planning.
Hunter was already confident that the men in green could have an impact on the finals, but a chance meeting with O'Neill last week has convinced him even more that the big boys across the continent could be in for a shock.
The pair, who played alongside each other at international level during the 1990s and still speak on a regular basis, met in the unusual setting of Gdansk last Wednesday when O'Neill was running the rule over Group C opponents Poland in a friendly against Holland, while Hunter was there in his role as Liverpool's chief scout.
Hunter has already been on his own European adventure this month. He led a five-strong team from Liverpool in last weekend's Football to Amsterdam challenge for Prostate Cancer UK, after also completing the charity cycle last year.
"I don't know how I got roped into it for a second year - I think it's a case of once you're in you can't get out of it," said the Coleraine-born 47-year-old.
"Last year we were the first Premier League club to do it, this year we had five from the club taking part and Liverpool really got behind us.
"The manager sponsored our kit and he was really supportive. We were sending him pictures from the starting line and he kept in touch with us.
"It's a great cause. I had a friend from Coleraine die from prostate cancer back in April, so it's something that is close to me."
One of the perks of Hunter's job at Anfield means that he will also be in France.
"I am going over for work and I have been getting a bit of stick from the other members of the scouting department as to how I managed to get the three Northern Ireland games," he said.
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