Down are Canavan's dark horse

January 23, 2023

Down manager Conor Laverty. ©INPHO/Philip Magowan.

Peter Canavan wouldn't be surprised to see Down come in from the cold and challenge for an Ulster SFC title this year.

The five-time All-Ireland winners have shown promising signs under new manager Conor Laverty as they bid to get back on track after a nightmare 2022.

"The Ulster landscape has changed immensely in these past two years," the Tyrone legend told RTÉ after being unveiled as a 'Sunday Game' football pundit.

"You've Derry and Armagh, who aren't up and coming any more, they're very much established and they are among the favourites for Ulster. And you have Down, who have now come into the bracket of an up-and-coming team. They are going to be very much a dark horse in Ulster.

"Already, you can see a difference in their approach and style. There's going to be a bit of momentum with them.

"But Derry and Armagh appear to be assuming control when it comes to who is going to be the kingpin in Ulster."

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