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Antrim must stay focused on emerging talent: McGettigan

Hugh McGettigan
Hugh McGettigan
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Hugh McGettigan has given his all to Antrim football for longer than he might care to remember in a variety of roles.

Right now he is totally focused on plotting what he hopes will prove success for the Antrim U20 team which will meet Down in the opening game of the provincial U20 Championship at Clones on Sunday (11.45am).

The passionate McGettigan leaves no one in any doubt that irrespective of other issues nurturing stars of the future must take precedence.

"There are a lot of balls in the air in Antrim just now - Casement Park, Corrigan Park, Gaelfast, the status of hurling - but it doesn't matter what goes on in relation to these other issues, we must continue to work hard with the players of the future," he insisted.

"We have to make sure that their attitude is right and that they have the appropriate levels of pace, commitment and skill to allow them to perform against other sides."

Antrim skipper Tiarnan McAteer will lead his side against a Down outfit which has just taken delivery of the Leo Murphy Cup and which includes a dynamic finisher in Liam Kerr.

Captain Shane Annett confirms that the Mourne County are intent on charting more progress.

"We are certainly not taking Antrim for granted at all. They will be difficult opponents for us, for sure. We know that they will be giving it everything," stated Annett.

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