Cavan forward Cian Mackey is savouring the prospect of taking on Ulster big guns Tyrone in Sunday’s McKenna Cup final.

“It’s a long time now since we played Tyrone,” said the All-Star nominee. “Especially in a final, or anything close to it.

“They’re a kingpin of Ulster so we’ll know where we are after that game. It’ll be a huge test."

Cavan made progress last year by making the All-Ireland quarter-finals, where they lost to Kerry, and will be targeting promotion from Divison 3 of the NFL this year.

Mackey believes how they perform against their Division 1 opponents this weekend will be an indicator for the campaign ahead.

“Tyrone are always flying at this time of year, and flying the whole year round, so if we can put it up to them and maybe get a result we’ll know exactly where we are for the National League,” he said.

Cavan beat Ulster champions Monaghan 0-16 to 1-9 to book their place in the pre-season decider while Tyrone eclipsed Derry 2-13 to 1-13.