Belfast Telegraph

Cairns fighting fit for Star charge

By David Kelly

Keelan Cairns says he is feeling like a new lean, mean fighting machine as he seeks to help Belfast Star climb up the All Ireland Premier League table.

Star produced the best performance of the season last weekend when taking the scalp of DCU Saints, having travelled with only eight players due to an injury crisis.

Captain Cairns is having his best season for Star by some distance, and along with American Dillon Stith providing the firepower Darren O'Neill's men need to make sure they have a good second half of the season.

"I'm a lot lighter, I'm fitter and my body is generally a lot healthier. I was coming off a bad injury when I joined Star and then last season I tore ligaments but this year everything has been great and I can see the difference," said Cairns, who leads Star into battle tomorrow night at the Tayto-sponsored home clash with Eanna.

"I was training with the Irish squad during the summer so there was no off-season as such and that really stood to me because as soon as I went back into pre-season with Star I felt great."

While Cairns has been enjoying personal success, he admits there are improvements to be made collectively and that the victory over Saints came at just the right time.

"We needed that win badly and it gave everyone at the club a lift. We had only gone with eight players but everyone stepped up and you could see how important it was by how we trained this week," he added.

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