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UUJ looking to their star names for Sigerson bid

UUJ will certainly be rolling out the big guns when the Sigerson Cup competition swings into action.

The Jordanstown outfit will embrace a virtual who’s who of county stars that will ensure they will be among the favourites to land the prestigious trophy.

Their wealth of talent includes some of the top forwards in the country and already a palpable air of optimism prevails as the team prepares for preliminary sparring in the Higher Education sector.

While Mattie Donnelly, Kieran Hughes, Ronan O’Neill, Caolan O’Boyle and Barry Tierney will help to underpin the team, it’s the inclusion of Michael Argue (Cavan), Patrick McBrearty (Donegal), Cillian O’Connor (Mayo) and Killian Brady (Cavan) that will surely provide added lustre to the side.

Argue has been one of the mainstays of the Cavan side which has dominated the Ulster Under-21 landscape for the past three years while McBrearty played a significant role in bringing Donegal into the recent All-Ireland final.

O’Connor finished as top scorer in the All-Ireland series with a mammoth 5-36, four of his goals coming from penalties while 24 of his points came from frees.

His unerring accuracy had much to do with Mayo’s charge into the semi-finals in which they only lost to eventual champions Kerry after a replay.

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Brady is a Cavan defensive anchor, a player who harbours a sharp competitive edge and who, along with Argue, will bring a real winning mentality to the UUJ table.

A UUJ spokesman said: “Obviously it’s very encouraging that our playing resources are to be boosted in this fashion and we will definitely be very keen to give the Sigerson Cup a real lash. It’s a competition that always whets the appetite of players.”

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