Despite not winning a game during the entire Allianz League campaign, Offaly manager Emmet McDonnell insists the spirit in their camp is excellent ahead of their Leinster SFC clash with Longford.

Both sides were relegated to Division 4 and face off in Pearse Park on Sunday (3.30pm) with Offaly looking for their first Leinster championship win since 2007.

McDonnell told Midlands Sport: “Surprisingly enough the mood in training has been excellent. If you talk to some of the players I’m sure they’ll tell you that. We were away at the weekend [at a training camp] and it was very, very positive.

“It’s all about team spirit at this stage of the year, lads sticking together. You see players in bigger counties, when things are not going their way, lads walking away.

“These lads, even though they haven’t been successful this year are keeping at it. They are training hard, they’ve the head down. They are showing a magnificent attitude.”

In other news, Offaly great Greg Hughes has passed away aged 75. The full-back won four Leinster titles and helped Offaly to their first All-Ireland victory in 1971.

He also captained Leinster to Railway Cup success. 

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