This time last year Seamus Quigley was a disillusioned player who clearly felt his involvement with the Fermanagh team had been terminated for good.
Fast forward to today though and a very different scenario pertains.
The stocky full-forward is preparing for Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division Four final against Wicklow armed with an enhanced CV that is guaranteed to keep the Garden County’s rearguard on red alert.
Quigley’s mammoth 5-49 in the league has already propelled him to the top of the scorers list with the chance of more to come against a Wicklow side that nonetheless restricted Fermanagh to just a two-point winning margin, 0-11 to 0-9, when the sides met earlier in the competition.
It was during last year’s Dr McKenna Cup that Quigley, apparently disappointed by lack of game, distanced himself from the Fermanagh squad — a course of action subsequently taken by several of his colleagues.
But when Peter Canavan took over at the start of this year Quigley found himself back in the mix and his renewed commitment, imposing physical presence and sublime scoring touch have illuminated the Ernesiders’ excellent progress to date.
The Roslea man reserved his most compelling performance for Fermanagh’s most recent outing against Leitrim when he scored |2-6 despite being substituted with 10 minutes to go.
Now he is relishing the prospect of playing at Croke Park.
“It’s terrific for Fermanagh to be in this final. To get the divisional trophy would give us a great boost going into the Ulster Championship,” asserts Quigley.
It was clear even in January that 2012 held considerable promise for Quigley. By the end of that month he had won the Ulster GAA Writers merit award and laid down a marker that he was determined to make up for lost time.
“I missed out on the league and championship last year and it’s great to be involved again.
“To be going to Croke Park is something special,” adds Quigley, whose brother Conor has been one of Fermanagh’s most consistent players at right-half-back while another brother Sean has been gaining invaluable experience in the county colours while still a pupil at St Michael’s College, Enniskillen.