Talisman Sean Quigley: Pete McGrath can take Fermanagh even further
It was always going to be a formality, but confirmation of Peter McGrath's re-appointment as manager of Fermanagh for another term has further fanned enthusiasm within a county where football fever has been rampant this year.
McGrath guided the Ernemen into Division Two of the Allianz League before overseeing a championship campaign that was only arrested by a brittle Dublin side in Croke Park.
But if Fermanagh have lived the dream to some extent since February, their ambitions continue to soar fuelled by the belief that McGrath can elicit even more from the side.
This theory is shared by those who matter most - the players.
Scorer-in-chief Sean Quigley encapsulated the feeling of the entire squad when he maintained: "Peter has brought us on a great journey this year but we feel we have more miles left in us. We will be going into what is really a mini Ulster Championship in Division Two of the league because there are five teams from the province in it and that kind of competition should set us up for the championship season itself."
McGrath's personal passion for Gaelic football has transmitted itself to the players to such an extent that the close season is regarded as an inconvenience.
"We're keen to get going again," said Quigley. "We are in Division Two along with All-Ireland semi-finalists Tyrone and the likes of Armagh and Derry. There are a few Ulster derbies in store and we're really looking forward to it.
"Peter brought a lot of young players in and has done wonders for us. But our focus must be on next year and I have no doubt that Peter can take us further."