Monaghan open their Ulster Championship campaign against Antrim on Sunday (3.30pm) and nobody is looking forward to it more than Tommy Freeman.
The Magheracloone forward has suffered a series of injuries in recent years, including a broken jaw, and is eager to start against the Saffrons in Casement Park.
He told the Irish Examiner: “I haven’t played as much football as I’d have liked in the last few years. I even missed a good part of the league this year with a broken jaw I got against Wicklow.
"It was an accidental clash, nothing malicious, but I wouldn’t have wished it on anyone. I couldn’t eat solid food for weeks.
“Sometimes when you get injuries you have doubts running through your head, but I am really looking forward to the Championship.
“We’re looking no further than Antrim because we had such a tough battle with them last year. It took us the whole 70 minutes to get rid of them. This year will be no different.”
Highlights and analysis of all the weekend’s action on The Sunday Game from 21:30 on Sunday 9 June on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only).