Even though he is just 25, Seamus O’Neill is now a veteran on the Roscommon senior football team. From the highs that saw him burst on to the national inter-county scene in 2001 with a series of spectacular displays, to the lows of lower league football and first round championship knockouts in recent years, ‘Shaq’ has seen it all. A new year always brings new hope and the big Kilbride man is looking forward to this particular new year with confidence. ‘I’m really looking forward to the season this year. I know we had a poor start to the year but the FBD League was a non-event. We couldn’t get anything nearing a full out team out so it wasn’t fair to judge the team on that’ he told the People on Tuesday. ‘The challenge game against Kildare on Saturday last was much better and we had a good starting team out and I was very pleased with the way that went. We played well’ he said. Seamus is also very impressed with the young players that are coming on to the team buoyed by their success at minor level in recent years. ‘It’s great to see these confident young players in action. They are in throwing their weight around already and it is great to see. They will be huge assets to the team this year’ he said. Seamus predicts a very tough game from Monaghan. ‘They will be very tough to beat. They ran Kerry to a couple of points last year (All-Ireland Championship) and were unlucky to lose that game so they are a good side. However we are really looking forward to the game and we are going to Clones to do well’ he said. The Kilbride man concluded by making a call to the Roscommon supporters to get behind the team. ‘We want to get our supporters behind us right from the word go this year. We have great followers and we will be doing everything possible to give them plenty to shout about. We know that they will be behind us 100%’ he concluded.