GAA: London defender Seamus Hannon says confidence high ahead of meeting with Galway
Last Updated: 22/05/14 12:45pm
London defender Seamus Hannon says the experience gained from last year’s historic championship run will stand to them against Galway on Sunday.
The Exiles were one of the surprise packages of the 2013 championship, defeating Sligo and Leitrim to reach the Connacht final for the first time.
And although they endured a disappointing National League, winning just one of their seven fixtures, Hannon remains hopeful of causing an upset when the Tribesmen visit Ruislip.
“There’s confidence in the camp,” said the Longford native. “We may have lost a few but we’ve gained some high quality footballers as well.
"Lads expect more. We’re going out there and we expect to win and get good results, and we’re very disappointed when we don’t."
“The intensity at training has carried on from where it left off last year, and obviously we have that bit more confidence heading into the championship.
“We didn’t achieve promotion (in the National League) but that’s the nature of the league over here. It’s essentially our pre-season. I don’t think it was as bad as people say. We got more points than we did last year and our one win came on the road, where we comfortably beat Waterford despite being a man down.
“We’ve been able to take positives from all of our performances so far, from looking at the stats and things like that. We’re standing in decent stead.”
London’s captain during last year’s breakthrough campaign, Hannon has been succeeded as skipper by All Star nominee Lorcan Mulvey, but he says there is no shortage of leaders in the London panel.
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“When I was captain last year I don’t think it made any difference,” said Hannon, who hails from Edgeworthstown. “The only thing I found different was that I went in for the toss.
“There are so many leaders in this team and everybody takes on that role; driving training on, out on the pitch communicating. It was an honour to be captain but I’m not dwelling on not being captain now.
“Fair play to Lorcan, he’s an absolute leader and fantastic man. After all he achieved last year, he’s a very worthy captain.”
Apart from the annual problem of player turnover, Hannon says little has changed in terms of London’s championship preparations. The squad spent a training weekend in Meath earlier this month, which has focused minds for Sunday’s visit of Galway.
“The belief is higher (compared to last year),” said Hannon. “Lads expect more. We’re going out there and we expect to win and get good results, and we’re very disappointed when we don’t.
“We never really look for victories, we look for performances, and if performances are down we ask questions of ourselves.
“The players are taking more responsibility; instead of the manager we’re looking at each other and asking why we’re not playing well. We’re not waiting to be told.”