Mickey Harte is relishing his first competitive game in charge of Louth’s senior footballers when they take on Antrim this Saturday afternoon.
The game will see Harte plotting against two of his former players in ex-Tyrone stars Enda McGinley and Stephen O’Neill with two early points up for grabs in Division 4 at the Geraldines GAA grounds in Haggardstown (throw-in 3pm).
Speaking to Sportsound Extra Time on BBC Radio Ulster, Harte said he’s been delighted with Louth’s commitment since taking over in the Wee County and feels that they will “want to strive to get to a new level”.
"It will be different, that's for sure. I spent a lot of years on that sideline with a Tyrone top on and I enjoyed every one of them," said the three-time All-Ireland winning manager.
"It will be a chance to line up against Enda and Stevie O'Neill, two lads who I knew very well from the minors right through. It has been good for Antrim to get their services."
He added: "I think it is good for the Division that we find ourselves in it. It will add some extra interest in it, which is good because people in the lower Divisions don't often get the credit they deserve.
"Unless you are in Division 1 you want to move up the ranks. In Division 4, you want to strive to get to a new level and it's no different in Louth."Tweet