By Damian Dolan.
Paul Coggins has enjoyed something of a unique position this year. For once, a London manager hasn’t been left pulling his hair out in January as he laments over the remnants of a panel scattered to the winds by London’s ever revolving door.
Aside from Sean McVeigh, Kevin O’Leary, Michael Mullins and Peter Sherry, Coggins can pick from the rest of the side that lost by a point to Leitrim a year ago, while he’s been bolstered by the return to the panel of Paul Geraghty, who last kicked a ball for London in the round 2 qualifier defeat to Waterford in July 2011.
It’s that continuity that Coggins attributes London’s best National League campaign for many a year to. Only one victory (against Waterford) but narrow defeats to Carlow (one point), Limerick (one point), and Leitrim (two points).
“We have a number of players who were involved against Mayo (in 2011) and my feeling is that it takes up to three years to become a real top championship intercounty player,” said Coggins.
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