Shane McCabe is currently engrossed in striving to improve Glentoran’s fortunes in the Irish League but he has a longer-term goal on his sporting horizon
The 27-year-old internal sales manager with Quinn Direct Insurance is yearning to help bring Ulster title glory to Fermanagh following the county’s flirtation with success when they were just squeezed out by Armagh in the replay of the 2008 provincial decider.
McCabe, who plays his club football with Belcoo O’Rahillys, today fires out the message to Erne boss Malachy O’Rourke that he is keen to be on board next year.
And McCabe, whose silken touches embossed Fermanagh’s stirring ’08 campaign that revived memories of their charge into the All Ireland semi-finals in 2004, will tune into tomorrow night’s draw for the All 2010 All Ireland Championships with more than a passing interest.
“The Ulster Championship draw in particular will have huge appeal. I have no doubt about that.
“You look at teams like Down and Armagh who have new managers and you then take in Antrim who will be very fired up to build on what they have achieved this year and you just know that it its going to be a fascinating championship,” asserts McCabe.
Because of his ongoing involvement with Glentoran he will miss the McKenna Cup and National League but he has his sights firmly fixed on playing a part with Fermanagh when the championship season swings into action.
“Obviously the manager will want to go with the players who will perform for him during the
league and that’s as it should be. I know that if I want to be on board I will have to fight for my place and hopefully I will be able to get some club games under my belt to enable me to do this,” adds McCabe.
Now living in Enniskillen and married to Claire who is a dental nurse, he predicts that tomorrow night’s All Ireland Championship draws will provide the basis for much discussion over the course of the winter months.
“Everyone I have been speaking to over the past couple of days is on edge as to just who their county will get in the draw.
“Fermanagh beat Down this year, then lost to Cavan and bowed out of the Qualifiers against Wicklow. But the feeling is that we can do much better next year,” insists McCabe.