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Thursday 21 September 2017

McManamon: I want to be better than 2016

Kevin McManamon
Kevin McManamon

Kevin McManamon has announced his intention to "try and take it one step further than last year" as he seeks to improve on his most successful season with Dublin.

Having made good on his goal of starting last year's All-Ireland final, McManamon produced the best form of his six-year inter-county career for the business end of Dublin's back-to-back success.

"That was the plan last year and is certainly the plan again, to try and get stuck in, get games under my belt early on," McManamon explained.

"Keep the body right and come into championship playing really well when it matters most, squeezing a bit more out of myself.

"It's something I was able to do, I'd a couple of good games in the Championship. But there's always a bit more you can squeeze out of yourself."

McManamon, a qualified sports psychologist, also explained that a new-found ability to "deal with the presure of playing in big games" had made him "a much better footballer" in 2016.

"Over the years, I hadn't done very well particularly early in my career," he said. "The first couple of years I got very stressed before those games."

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