Thursday 14 December 2017

Trip to Croker perfect lift for London heroes – Coggins

London boss Paul Coggins travelled separately
London boss Paul Coggins travelled separately

Declan Rooney

London manager Paul Coggins says the opportunity to play in Croke Park is the perfect way to lift his side after their Connacht final defeat.

However, Coggins admitted that London have faced a logistical nightmare preparing for Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier against Cavan, just six days after their historic provincial final.

It is London's fourth trip to Ireland in the last five weeks and Coggins said they have encountered huge difficulties in organising their travel arrangements at short notice at one of the busiest times of the year.

"It is very difficult. It looks like we could be spread across two or three different flights from different airports just to get everyone over. It's impossible to organise at this stage," said the Roscommon native.

Organised

"But look, we are not playing football above in the sky. We'll meet at the hotel and get ourselves organised there. We are staying at Bewley's at the airport, so we don't have any travelling to do after that.

"And we are thrilled to get the chance to play in Croke Park. I never got the opportunity to play there, the closest I ever came was following Roscommon there.

"I never even got close to the line, so to be able to lead the lads in there is great. They are getting what they deserve, they have put in a lot of hard work this year and are finally getting reward for that," added Coggins.

After a longer than expected weekend in Castlebar, the London team have had to tailor this week's preparation especially.

Tuesday's training was moved to Wednesday to allow more recovery time with Saturday in mind.

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