Leigh Jones will no doubt cover every blade of the Brewster Park sod on Sunday in pursuit of a third championship title in succession.
The hard working wing half forward may be considered one of the unsung heroes of the Harps side but there is little doubt that among his team-mates his worth is very much known.
An expert at hoovering up break ball Jones has a knack of hitting important scores, as evidenced in last year’s county final, while his dropping back lends support to an already formidable Derrygonnelly defence.
“I enjoy the position, there is a good bit of freedom out there and I suppose fitness was always one of my strengths so I enjoy getting up and down. But to be honest I would play anywhere,” Jones explained.
That selfless attitude is indicative of a squad who have been the kingpins of Fermanagh football in recent times and Devenish will have to be at their very best if they are to wrestle the New York Cup from the Harps grasp.
Jones explains the culture that exists in the Derrygonnelly set up:
“I think one of the most important things is the competition for places. Every player knows that there are four or five men ready to come in who are just as good.
“The junior team have been going very well in recent years too and that has helped with numbers at training and competitiveness at training,” the 23 year old stated before going on to talk about some of the more evergreen members of the squad;
“Then you have the likes of Keevs Cassidy, Peggy (Dermot Feely) and Wardy (Paul Ward) who are there at training every night.
“They are nearly the first men in the door and they have plenty of medals and they still want more and they still drive the thing on.”
Hunger certainly doesn’t seem to be a problem with this Harps side and for Jones himself the fact that he has won two medals in the past two years hasn’t sated the appetite.
“For boys around my age we were not growing up watching Derrygonnelly win championships every year so we know that we are lucky to have won two so far and we want to go on and be as successful as we can.
“Hunger hasn’t been a problem at all and I think it goes back to the numbers that we have and everyone putting in the effort.”
Sunday’s final will be a derby affair with Devenish the opponents and even though it is the first final in 19 years for the Garrison club Jones believes that there is plenty of savvy heads in their ranks;
“It is going to be a real battle. We are neighbours so we know each other very well and they have a lot of experienced players throughout their team and obviously they will be going all out to get that championship too,” he said.
The computer science graduate is working in Belfast but travelling home once a week for training and at weekends he knows that the buzz is steadily building in Derrygonnelly;
“Being away from it you can sort of not get caught up as much in things but once you get home you see the bunting up and the flags and you can see that there is a real excitement around the club.”
Derrygonnelly are without doubt the standard bearers in the county at present.
They have been consistently the best side of late and topped the league to reinforce that point.
They have quality players all over the pitch but it is their team work and selflessness that is most emblematic of why they have been successful.
No one encompasses those traits more than Leigh Jones and should he play another vital role on Sunday it should come as no surprise.