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Fermanagh must aim even higher, says Sean Quigley

By John Campbell

Fermanagh sharpshooter Sean Quigley is urging his colleagues to challenge themselves as they prepare to embark on what he believes could be a defining 2016 season when they meet St Mary's University College in the Dr McKenna Cup on Sunday.

"What Fermanagh achieved this year is now history," insisted Quigley. "We have to look to the future and we have to show that we are capable of building on the progress we made this year.

"Obviously we enjoyed some great highlights during the season - our qualifier win over Roscommon, clinching promotion to Division Two and getting to play against Dublin in Croke Park - but the big test now for us is to do even better if we can next year."

Quigley's stunning scoring exploits - he landed 4-49 in the league and 2-36 in the championship in the season just ended - highlighted a Fermanagh odyssey that captivated the entire country.

But Quigley's feet remain firmly rooted to the ground as he digests a Dr McKenna Cup itinerary that includes matches against Down and Donegal as well as the fixture against St Mary's and a Division Two league programme that offers tasty confrontations with Cavan, Armagh, Tyrone and Derry.

"It's going to be hard for us in 2016," admitted Quigley. "We have a difficult programme in the McKenna Cup and we will be coming up against better quality sides in Division Two than the opposition we have played against in winning Division Three this year. But I still think we are in a position."

"We are definitely looking forward to the year ahead. We will be in there against the likes of Tyrone, Derry and Armagh in the league and that will be great preparation for us in terms of both the Ulster and All-Ireland championships.

"Fermanagh are in a good place at the minute but we are not under any illusions about the size of the challenge that is ahead of us. You can be sure of one thing, we will be giving it our best shot."

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