Dan Gordon has been given the nod to captain Down’s senior footballers for a second successive season.
Manager Ross Carr has named the Loughlinisland star as his captain even though he is currently sidelined with a broken foot.
Carr confirmed: "Dan was nominated as captain last year and will continue. It was a straightforward choice.
"When this present management team took over the job, we sat down and spoke to Dan. At that stage he was 22 or 23 and I told him that I thought he had a massive opportunity to become one of the best midfielders in the country."
Carr’s priority now is to get Gordon back into his team in the crucial midfield sector.
“We have a massive game against Louth in a week’s time and he is a big loss to us but we have to get on with it. We would hope that other players will continue to step to the mark and help to maintain what we hope will prove a successful drive for promotion into Division Two,” points out Carr (pictured).
Liam Doyle, Paul McComiskey and Damien Rafferty are other Down absentees right now but
Carr is happy with the progress of some of the newer players in his team.
“We had a good win over Tipperary in our opening league game and that will send us in against Louth in the right frame of mind. But we know that this is a must-win game.”