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Barry Owens a big boost for Fermanagh

Whoever takes over as the new manager of Fermanagh — and Under 21 boss Darren Chapman remains a frontrunner for the post — will have the opportunity to view encouraging signs for the future when the county championship swings into top gear this weekend.

And nothing is calculated to spark optimism more than the sight of Barry Owens back in the Teemore club colours.

Owens, an absentee from the county squad for the past year because of injury, is currently recapturing his best form and will line out against Tempo on Sunday anxious to lay down a marker for the future.

Enniskillen Gaels, with Ryan McCluskey and Chris Breen in their ranks, will tonight take on a Kinawley side that will look to Niall Bogue for inspiration.

Enniskillen were the dominant force in Fermanagh some years ago but have fallen from grace recently and are extremely anxious to reclaim their place at the top table.

Fermanagh chairman Peter Carty, anxious to see a new county boss in place so that preparations can begin for the Dr McKenna Cup and National League, nevertheless believes that patience could prove a virtue in terms of the selection process.

“Obviously we want to get the right management team in place but I think anyone who is interested in the job would do well to take in some of our county championship matches.

“There is still a good depth of talent in Fermanagh,” he comments.

Carty insists that while Fermanagh have been consigned to Division Four of the National League, the drive to improve the county’s status has already started.

“We are pushing ahead with our plans.

“While we are obviously disappointed to find ourselves in the position that we are in we still believe that we can get back up into Division Three.

“There is still a lot of talent in Fermanagh and if that can be harnessed into a winning combination then anything is possible,” maintains Carty.

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