McNulty hoping Orchard bears fruit
When Armagh won their only All-Ireland senior football title to date in 2002, skipper Kieran McGeeney and Justin McNulty fulfilled key roles in a defence that rose to the occasion against Kerry in the decider.
Now as McGeeney patiently welds together a side which he hopes might follow in the footsteps of the Armagh teams that accumulated seven Ulster titles between 1999 and 2008, McNulty is a more than interested onlooker as he shares his former colleague's ambition to see the Orchard county hit the high spots again.
With wins against Sligo and Westmeath under their belts, Armagh will have home advantage against similarly unbeaten Longford on Sunday knowing that victory would thrust them even more forcibly into the promotion frame.
But as football fever begins to sweep the county once again, McNulty issues a note of warning.
"It's too early yet to make any real judgements but there are some positive signs," he reflects.
"The players all appear to have bought into what is expected from them, they are executing some terrific scores and putting in ferocious tackles. It's encouraging."