Roscommon forward Niall Kilroy believes Kevin McStay has formed a strong bond among their panel as they look to retain the Connacht Football Championship title for the first time in over 25 years.

There is huge excitement in the county at the prospect of achieving the feat, with things falling their way this year after the draw produced a home semi-final against Leitrim and the Connacht Council granted permission for Dr Hyde Park to host the decider despite some concerns.

After shocking Galway last year, Kilroy wants to achieve something that hasn’t been done since 1991 and keep the Nestor Cup in the county.

"It’s massive," he told RTÉ Sport.

"It’s a long time since we’ve done it. We’re going out to do our best. It’s a good mix in the team of young lads, then lads in their mid-20s and a few in their 30s as well.

"It’s a good blend. Kevin is trying to instil a good culture in the squad and thankfully we’re getting there. We have a very strong bond within the squad. That’s a very important thing."

It has already been a decent year for Roscommon, bouncing straight back to Division 1 and picking up the Division 2 title along the way.

Kelly said it was one of their goals, but having shared a Connacht title each in the last two years with the Tribesmen, he wants to get the upper hand again now on the biggest day in the province. 

"One of our objectives at the start of the year was to get back to Division 1. It was an important foundation to be playing there for a young team like ourselves.

"That was a big incentive and thankfully we did that. But at the end of the day Championship is where it’s at and we want to push on and retain our Connacht title. We know Galway very well and they know us very well and the incentive to retain it is there.

"Having the game in Roscommon is massive for the people. It’s massive for the supporters and business people as well. It’s important for everyone and hopefully we can do the job."