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Friday 22 June 2018

Corey getting team together with focus on National League

Sligo get 2018 off to a start tonight when they take on Galway in Tourlestrane with manager Cathal Corey introducing a number of new players to the side.

The Tyrone man said he's looking forward to the FBD campaign as it will give them a chance to get the team ready for the National League, which is starting on January 28th away to Armagh.

Cathal said there's been a lot of preparation over the last while and the players are training hard.

"We've done a good bit of work since the start of December, we've the boys in good shape and it's a big squad of 42 players and the County Board has been very good accommodating such large numbers."

He said it's good to see so many young players involved adding that he's keen to give as many players as possible a chance.

"I think we have something like 15 players who will be making their debuts over the next while. There is a lot of new faces coming through from the minor and U21s.

"The players have really bought into everything and there's a couple of younger boys coming through.

"Eddie McGuinness is starting at full back and Mickey Gordon is starting too. Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch and Paddy O'Connor were there last year and there is a couple more younger lads there too.

"We'll be changing the teams over the next few games and it's all about building and getting the performance right against Armagh."

Cathal says he's been very impressed with the Sligo set-up since coming to the Yeats county.

He said: "I was very impressed, the Centre of Excellence is fantastic and there's great people there working very hard like Padraig Clancy and John McPartland.

"Aaron Gyles is the strength and conditioning coach and he's very good and been doing good work with the lads and Aidan Rooney is there too and he knows the players very well and is very committed and doing good work."

The manager said the players have all been training extremely hard and they all share the same goals of getting the team together for the meeting of Armagh in the Allianz League. "The players are fantastic and have been very welcoming and it's great to have the ones that have been there for a few years and we need their experience and they will help bring on the younger players too."

He said they were focusing more so on preparing the team over the course of the FBD for the National League. "Honestly we haven't thought too much about Galway as the FBD is about ourselves. Over the next while it's about adapting the team and we have four or five debuts for the game which is massive.

"It's about our team and using the four games to try and get things right for the National League," he added.

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