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Cavan up for fight: McGleenan



Big test: Mattie McGleenan is eyeing progress

Big test: Mattie McGleenan is eyeing progress

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Big test: Mattie McGleenan is eyeing progress

When Mattie McGleenan lined out with Tyrone against Dublin in the 1995 All-Ireland final, he had hoped to share in what would have been the Red Hand county's first acquaintance with the Sam Maguire Cup.

But the Dubs packed a killer punch, and Eglish clubman McGleenan was left to reflect on what might have been.

The memory of that match still lingers with McGleenan to such an extent that he has become even more strongly focused on bringing glory to the Cavan side which he now manages.

And as some team bosses prepare to dip their toe gingerly into the water in 2018, McGleenan plans to adopt a gung-ho approach from day one.

"I was very disappointed when Cavan made their exit from the McKenna Cup earlier this year after UUJ caught us on the hop," points out McGleenan.

"They beat us by a point. We only had 16 games in total this year but I want to bring that up to 19 or 20 next year."

"In this context, the McKenna Cup is very important as far as I am concerned.

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"We are going to try and get our best team out onto the field because you only have three weeks from the competition starts until the league kicks in," he adds.

McGleenan believes he is much better prepared for the challenge he faces in restoring pride to the Breffni county now that he has a season behind him in his role.

"I have had the opportunity to study lots of players in club games and I am much more familiar with the overall Cavan scene now," he stresses.

"We want to try and get into our stride early so that we can build a bit of confidence.

"That's the important thing as I see it."

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