Leitrim captain Emlyn Mulligan has learned not to get carried away with their Connacht League success after a disappointing 2013.
The Gold and Green also won the preliminary competition last season, their first trophy since their 1994 provincial success. However, the wave of optimism that swept through the county was quickly tempered by failure to win promotion from Division 4, with Offaly and Limerick going up.
The Championship brought no joy either as Leitrim fell to a shock Connacht semi-final final defeat to London.
Mulligan, who led his side to a one-point win over quarter-final Championship opponents Roscommon on Sunday, told RTÉ that their opening NFL game against Antrim is the priority.
He said: “The disappointment last year was winning the FBD and not progressing as such, not bringing that form into the National League.
“Our main aim is promotion out of Division 4. That solely is the main issue at the moment, we haven’t really thought about the Roscommon affair in the Championship, and obviously all our focus is on Antrim.
“We all know ourselves that victory in the FBD will mean nothing if we can’t get off to a positive start on Sunday.”
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