Tipperary footballer Paddy Codd claims that The Premier County must get out of division 4 of the Allianz NFL in order to better themselves.
“We will be all set for it in February. We will try to be a bit fresher this year going into the league campaign and the aim is to try and win promotion. We will be trying to win our first game against Carlow and take it from there. Promotion is our big goal though,” he said.
With no McGrath Cup to contend with, Tipperary will be relying on challenge games. But, this might not be a bad thing, according to Paddy.
“It might be better to get challenge games midweek rather than McGrath Cup because it can be hard to get players together if they are in college. It is hard playing to systems and the way you want to play without some key players and that is what we will be trying to get out of the challenge games midweek. But, on the other hand, the negative could be that you are not getting competitive games, but we will just have to make sure that the challenge games are played with intensity,”he said.
The face of the squad has evolved over the last few season and Paddy who played three years as an U-21 and senior in his first, is now one of the more established men.
“A few of those players have come through over the last few years and that brings an extra bit of competition to training and matches. Those players are a serious bunch who realise that there is a really big step-up to senior from minor and U-21. Hopefully we will see them coming through in the next few seasons,” he said.
2013 was a difficult season for Tipp and having drawn Kerry away in the championshiptrhe outlook was bleak. Still there are positives to be taken from it, according to Paddy. “It was always goign to be tough and Kerry wanted a final push for some players. We fell just short up in Pearse Stadium against Galway -we dropped our intensity and that was the downfall. Certain aspects of our game improved - OK we didn’t get promotion and lost our championship games, but still we improved and we were delighted to see that.”