Jones hails childhood hero

May 16, 2018

Fermanagh's Conal Jones.
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They say you should never meet your heroes for fear of disappointment, but Fermanagh's Conal Jones is working closely on the GAA pitch with one of his.

Growing up in Fermanagh, Jones was in awe of one of the best forwards that the county produced, none other than current Erne County manager Rory Gallagher.

A peripheral player under former manager Pete McGrath, the Derrygonnelly man is flourishing under Gallagher and he told the Fermanagh Herald that he is delighted to be involved with someone that he has admired for many years.

"So far, it has been great with a promotion secured to Division 2 and now hopefully a run in the Ulster championship," stated Jones.

"He (Gallagher) would've been my favourite player growing up as a child. One of Rory's biggest assets is his personality. He has a very good personality to be in a group of players, he's good at being a leader plus getting on with lads and telling us what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. That is one of his best qualities and then he has a fine team behind him, plus a burning ambition to coach and teach people.

"Having a county job would have been a natural progression for Rory and we know he did well with Donegal before moving to us. He is articulate in his approach and leaves no stone unturned in his quest for victory."

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