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Carr praises Smyth impact

Cavan manager Tommy Carr is confident his newly acquired Dublin-born player Gareth Smyth can make an impact with his adopted county.

Smyth made his competitive debut with Cavan on Saturday as they lost their O'Byrne Cup opener against Donegal, firing seven points from play and frees.

He has been a regular fixture for Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh in Dublin and was on the periphery of Dublin's squad in the past without breaking through.

But the less-pressurised environment of Cavan may give him a new lease of inter-county life, Carr feels.

"He's a good forward who knows what to do with the ball," said Carr, who plans to cultivate him into a playmaking role as the season progresses.

Carr also confirmed that Cavan's regular goalkeeper James Reilly is unlikely to be involved this season.

"James indicated that he didn't think he would be able to give the commitment. He was talking of going to England in search of work," said Carr.

Irish Independent