Steven Poacher and Down could be a match made in heaven, according to Marty Clarke.
Clarke hasn't been surprised by the progress made by Carlow's footballers in recent years because Down native Poacher is a key member of Turlough O'Brien's backroom team and the former Mourne County star hailed him as "the best coach I've ever been trained under".
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Clarke said: "The sooner he gets in to Down the sooner I think Down will consistently... you know, Down won games last year, which was brilliant, but they couldn't go out and repeat it against Monaghan, because it was more about the who did it rather than the how they did it.
"We know how good Dublin are because the system they play, how everyone is tuned into it. They're winning games in the league with ten guys out because they're playing this way, it doesn't matter who is in there.
"Poacher could bring that if he had a real shrewd manager in with him. Maybe the likes of Benny Coulter in the backroom team. That's what I'd like to see and that's no disrespect to the current management team, we're just talking future."