GAA writers' award a perfect boost for Wylie
Drew Wylie has received the perfect boost as he limbers up for Sunday's Ulster Senior Football Championship Final.
The Monaghan full-back is the latest winner of the Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award and the timing of the accolade could hardly be better from the Ballybay clubman's perspective.
"This is a really big surprise to me but something that I greatly appreciate," says a clearly surprised Wylie.
"But this is a team game and without the help of my colleagues I wouldn't be getting this award."
His composure at the heart of the Farney defence was instrumental in helping the team to surmount Cavan in the Ulster championship semi-final and now he's setting his sights on Donegal this weekend.
"They are the All Ireland champions and will be going into this game as favourites and rightly so," reflects Wylie, an electrician. "But I feel we have players who have both the experience and ability to help us get a win. It's a huge challenge and something that we are looking forward to."
With two championship wins under their belts to embroider their elevation to Division Two in the league, Monaghan's momentum has been in evidence almost since the start of the year.
But Wylie is quick to put things into perspective.
"Our last two championship performances against Antrim and Cavan weren't up to scratch and we will have to take things to the next level if we are to have any chance of winning against Donegal," insists the defender.
"We need a huge display this time, nothing less will do. We want to hit the ground running on Sunday. It's a game in which anything can happen but it's essential that we put our best foot forward."