Fermanagh forward Conall Jones says that they want to push on and build on 2018.

An Ulster final appearance and promotion from Division Three deemed last year a success but Derrygonnelly man Jones is keen to continue moving forward.

“It is going to be a tough year for us moving up to Division Two but that’s where we want to be playing our football.

“After a successful year last year it is important that we drive on and build on those performances.

“Playing in Division Two we are going to be playing against quality teams every week and in order to improve and move forward you need to be playing against these teams,” he added.

2018 finished with defeat to Donegal in the Ulster final followed by a loss to Kildare in the Qualifiers but with both these sides also in Division Two it is an opportunity for Fermanagh to pit themselves against them once more.

“It was a tough ending to the year. It was a first Ulster final in ten years and it was disappointing, we felt we didn’t do ourselves justice.

“In the Kildare game we felt even going into it that there was still a bit of a lull from the Ulster final but we have Kildare and Donegal in the league so it is a chance to go out and test ourselves again against two top quality teams and as I say these are the type of games that we want,” he said.

Fermanagh’s achilles heel at times has been a lack of composure in the attacking third but Jones stresses it is something that they have been working hard on in training.

“We need to work on everything we did last year and try and better it. We need to be creating more attacking chances and our conversion rate would need to be a lot higher than what it was last year and that is something that we are working hard on in training,” he explained.

And the player himself has been working on specific things to help improve his own game.

“I worked hard in the off season in trying to bulk up a wee bit and I have also worked hard on my ball skills and my kicking in particular.

“There were a couple of chances against Donegal in the final that I was disappointed with and I want to improve that.I feel.

“ I’m now at the weight I want to be at and hopefully the work I have done with my shooting and kicking will pay off,” added Conall.

Fermanagh start with a home game against Cork and Jones feels that they are in a good shape for that test.

“Cork are a traditional footballing team, they have big men and they like to move the ball fast so it will be a good test for us.

“I think though that we are in good shape and we have a good level of fitness that was built on from last year.”

The game against Cork will be one of three at Brewster Park and Jones is hoping that the Enniskillen ground will again prove to be one that they are difficult to beat at.

“We have three home games, Cork, Kildare and then the last one is against Clare and I believe we have to make the most of our home games and try and gain as much advantage as we can there. We played very well in Brewster Park last year and we feel it is suited to us and we generally play well there,” he said.