GAA | Allianz Football League Division 2 preview
In his debut series of articles for The Season Ticket, Chris Coady previews every team competing in the 2020 Allianz Football League.
In this edition, he looks ahead to what we can expect from Division 2 this spring.
The 2019 Connacht champions picked themselves back up after relegation from Division 1 to qualify for the Super 8s but can they can make an immediate return to the top flight and bring Division 1 football back to the Hyde?
One to watch - Niall Daly
Having picked up just a single victory last time out in the league, the Breffni men will want to give a better account of themselves in 2020.
The challenge of promotion also serves as preparation for the Ulster SFC clash with Monaghan during the summer.
One to watch- Enda Lynn
After falling short of a league final appearance in Croker last year, finishing just two points behind Donegal last year, the motivation will be there for the Ernesiders to redeem themselves this time round and I fancy them to do so.
One to watch - Sean Quigley
The Lilywhites had a mediocre time in Division 2 last year having won three and losing the same amount along with a draw. The departure of Cian O’Neill leaves a lot to be desired but they should have enough to stay in the second tier, you’d like to think.
One to watch - Daniel Flynn
Kieran McGeeney’s men will surely have been disappointed with a bottom half finish in last semester’s standings and I can see the boys in orange and white improving on this before they tackle Derry in the championship.
One to watch- Rory Grugan
The Banner would’ve been counting themselves lucky last year as they avoided relegation by a single point. They’re luck didn’t last in the Championship, however, as Meath piped them to the final spot in the Super 8s. With Westmeath and Laois joining the pack it wouldn’t be a major shock if the Munster side slip down into Division 3.
Coming into the division as third-tier champions, Westmeath hope to retain their status in the league while having the pleasure of hosting the Dubs at the start of the summer, they could provide a stern test in their quest for six-in-a-row.
One to watch- John Heslin
Division 3 runners up Laois scraped promotion via score difference over Down and can class themselves as underdogs in the higher division. It's hard to see anything but an immediate return to the third tier for the O’Moore men.
One to watch- Paul Kingston