Shamrock Rovers head coach Stephen Bradley is not putting too much focus on the President's Cup final against Dundalk with his team's sights firmly set on the following week when the 2020 SSE Airtricity League kicks off.

Last season's FAI Cup finalists will go head to head in the 3pm curtain raiser on Sunday at Oriel Park, five days before the league's big kick-off.

While Bradley is welcoming the opportunity for a challenging fixture against the reigning league champions, he views the President's Cup final as just a part of their pre-season preparations.

"I think it's great for us before the season starts to have a tough game. In the last few seasons we've tried to have our last game of pre-season be a good one and tomorrow definitely helps us to get ready for next week," he said.

"The Presidents Cup is a great game to have, the players have earned the right to be here [by winning the FAI Cup] and it's only the start for this group.

"You want to win every game but our focus is on next week and the start of the league campaign. It's part of our pre-season programme, we'll obviously go out and try and win the game but our focus is next weekend.

"We've trained really hard and had some good games. We've had one or two knocks but overall our pre-season has been good.

Perth's Dundalk beat Cork City in the 2019 President's Cup final

"Sean Kavanagh is out long term. He's had the operation and he's fine, he's right down the road with his rehab so a few more months and we'll have Sean back. We'll leave out Jack [Byrne] tomorrow as well, he has a knock so we won't take any chances with him with the league in mind next week."

Meanwhile his Dundalk counterpart Vinny Perth echoed that sentiment and has his main focus set on 14 February when his side begin their league defence against Derry City.

"We have been tested in pre-season a couple of times and I am delighted with where we are at," Perth told the Dundalk FC website.

"We had two good nights last week [against Crusaders and Longford Town] and when you link them all together it has been great for us.

"Tomorrow is an exciting game and ultimately it is the first night of the season next week against Derry City that is important but it's a good game to have against Shamrock Rovers.

"It is going to be competitive, both teams will go after it and it looks like both of us have had a good pre-season. We are in a good position to start the season and everything, within reason, has gone according to plan.

"I am very happy with the squad and the fitness levels."

Dundalk will be without midfielder John Mountney (ankle) for Sunday's fixture but Patrick McEleney, Sean Murray and Darragh Leahy all trained and will potentially be in contention.