O'Callaghan can't wait for new season to start
Fermanagh midfield ace Richard O'Callaghan can't wait for the 2016 action to commence.
A recurring injury meant the Enniskillen Gaels clubman found himself playing through the pain barrier on more than one occasion this term.
Yet he missed only one competitive match as Peter McGrath's rejuvenated side won promotion to Division Two and reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
But while heartened by the renaissance, O'Callaghan concedes they will face a much bigger challenge next year in their bid to justify manager McGrath's claim that they are capable in their efforts to make it back-to-back promotions and of winning the Ulster Championship.
"While we are very encouraged by what we have achieved, we know it is going to be more difficult next season,"O'Callaghan said.
"For a start, the new boys in our side will no longer have the surprise element that they brought to the table this year, so have to be on our toes from the start."
And O'Callaghan is in no doubt that Fermanagh face a particularly stiff test in the early stages of the McKenna Cup when kick off early next year.
"We have to play Donegal who are a Division One side and the favourites in the eyes of many to win the Ulster title next year," he added.
"This is going to be a very difficult match for us but it is a game that will get us into the pace of the season very quickly."