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Horan targets FBD League win

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BACK TO THE FUTURE Mayo manager James Horan is pictured watching the Mayo Under-21 football final at MacHale Park in December. Pic: Conor McKeown

Mike Finnerty

WINNING the FBD Connacht League is the main objective for Mayo this month, according to James Horan.
It’s been seven years since Mayo won the provincial tournament while the last trophy won by the county’s senior footballers was the 2015 Connacht championship.
Mayo begin their FBD League campaign next Sunday away to Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon (1.30pm), and Horan believes that winning the Paddy Francis Dwyer Cup would be the ideal preparation for the start of the National League on Saturday, January 26.
Speaking to The Mayo News, the new Mayo manager explained that the senior panel would train three times over the holiday period.
Horan said that he will have a full squad to choose from for the trip to Leitrim with the exception of Chris Barrett (on honeymoon), Diarmuid O’Connor (on holidays) and the injured quartet of Cillian O’Connor, Ryan O’Donoghue, Cian Hanley and Tom Parsons.
“We want to win the FBD, it’s a while since we won a trophy so we want to win it,” said Horan.
“And by the end of it, we want to have a set team with a couple of players who are looking to play in the National League.
“There’ll be a lot of players looking to get FBD time.
“The first game of the National League is at the end of January so you’ll need to be playing FBD League to be getting your toe in the door to show what you can do.”
If Mayo beat Leitrim next Sunday then they will take on Galway seven days later in the FBD League semi-final.
The final is fixed for Sunday, January 20.
Mayo begin their National League campaign on Saturday, January 26 against Roscommon at MacHale Park, Castlebar.

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