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McManus: I'd trade in my awards to see Monaghan surge

By John Campbell

Conor McManus has scored a colossal 1-20 for Monaghan in their last two league games, a feat which has deservedly earned him the Quinn's Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Association monthly merit award.

Yet while the personal accolades flow in, the modest McManus would sacrifice the kudos if it meant the Oriels soaring up the Division One table.

Despite his sublime scoring skills, Monaghan fell to Dublin by a point and to Mayo by two points thus increasing the pressure in the build-up to Sunday's vital meeting with Cork.

"I would truthfully love to see us further up the table," stated McManus. "We have four points following our wins over Down and Roscommon but those defeats to Dublin and Mayo were hard to take. While it is flattering to be honoured with the Writers' award, team performances are what matter.

"With the intensity of matches being stepped up, the heat is on.

"There are a lot of players pushing for places in the side and they are showing up well. From my own viewpoint, the 12 points I got against Dublin pleased me but the result didn't."

McManus, who also won the Writers' prize in April of last year, ended 2015 by taking delivery of an All Star and on current form could find himself in the reckoning again this year.

"My only focus now is Cork on Sunday," he insisted. "It's a massive test f because they will be hungry for the points as we are."

He was pushed for the Writers' award by Cushendall hurler Ryan McCambridge, Tyrone midfield ace Mattie Donnelly, Cavan hotshot Seanie Johnston and Donegal utility player Ryan McHugh.

McManus received his award from Quinn Building Products area manager Terry Fay at a ceremony in Quinn's Corner Restaurant near Donaghmore.

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