Fermanagh captain Eoin Donnelly believes that Division Two should hold no fear for Fermanagh.

There is no shortage of quality in the division for the forthcoming campaign and Fermanagh are the bookmakers favourites to drop back down to Division Three but Donnelly stresses that the Ernemen are there on merit and is targeting a positive campaign.

“The leagues are competitive, the teams are all in their divisions for a reason and we are in Division Two on merit as we were promoted last year.

“”There is no reason we should be fearing any of the teams there, you have to respect them for who they are and what they have to offer but we have a lot to offer as well and teams won’t be looking forward to playing Fermanagh either.

“We have to make sure that we are causing teams plenty of problems as well and if we are at ourselves and have the right attitude we can do well in Division Two,” he said.

Fermanagh’s last Division Two campaign resulted in a quick return to Division Three and that is something that they are keen to avoid this year.

“Looking back in the past, Fermanagh have had a good year and it has been followed by a disappointing year so we are well aware of that and it is something we want to avoid. We want to build on last year. We made progress last year and that’s all it was, it was progress, there was nothing to show for it. You want to be building and building and not going up and down,” he stated.

Manager Rory Gallagher has freshened things up this year with a number of new and not so new faces brought into the squad and Donnelly feels that has helped things.

“It is good to have new boys coming in and boys wanting to come back. It is good to see the likes of Ciaran Flaherty and Richie O’Callaghan coming back in and then you have younger lads coming in and they are all adding to the squad,” he said.

First up for Fermanagh is a meeting with Cork on Sunday in Brewster Park and the Coa man says that they will be prepared for the challenge.

“We have encountered them in recent years and we came out on the wrong side against them the last time when we were well beaten in Cork. On their day they can be very dangerous but the boys will have a lot of work done on them and will have us well prepared.”

And Eoin is hoping that with that preparation they can go on and make a positive start to the league programme.

“Every team is going to be in the same boat, they will want to get off to good start and take it as it goes,” he said.

“We are fortunate to be starting at home and we were good in Brewster Park last year and we need to get back to that again,” he said.