Barry hails team’s “new standard”

Barry Prior has hailed the new standards Leitrim have set themselves this year.
Over the years Barry Prior has become a real ‘Mr Reliable’ for Leitrim and the supporters will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

Over the years Barry Prior has become a real ‘Mr Reliable’ for Leitrim and the supporters will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

The league campaign may have been ultimately a fruitless one, but even in that failure Barry was able to take positives.

“We’ve lost two games so far this year which is probably the best season we’ve had in a long time, it’s a good sign that lads are disappointed. That’s the new standard, they’re disappointed we lost those two games.”

After the manner in which the league ended, re-focusing for the Championship was important but Barry acknowledged it wasn’t easy initially.

“It probably took a week or two. We had so much focus put on the league from the start of the year, it was hard and we had to take a week to remove ourselves from that and build towards the Championship again but we are on the right path and hopefully next week it all goes well.”

It is fair to say Barry is looking forward to the occasion and as a player of considerable experience he knows what to expect.

“There is a good few of us that played there last year against London and would have played against Roscommon over the years so it’s not new for a lot of the players, a lot of players have played in the Hyde before. We’ll expect tough conditions, a tough wind into the graveyard end but conditions will be the same for both sides and it’s about going out and having a gameplan in place and trying to play to it.”

In the modern game the subs have a big role to play with the Aughawillan man agreeing, “It’s a high intensity game so we said from the start of the year we would be using 20 or 21 players in every game. We’ve needed players coming off the bench to get us over the line and I’m sure the lads that come in will be mad to make an impact from the bench.”

As well as the FBD success 2014 has also seen significant wins for the minors, U-21s and Juniors and Barry believes those results have been a significant boost.

“The minors coming through gives the whole county a lift and even the lads here. We’re looking forward to Roscommon and hopefully we can get the performance right and we think we could be in with a good chance.”