As they prepare to enter the inaugural Super 8s, Ciarain Murtagh foresees "a massive few weeks" for Roscommon.
The Rossies open their round-robin quarter-final programme against Tyrone at Croke Park on Saturday and will face Donegal and Dublin over two of the three following weekends:
"It is great to be back in the top eight in Ireland. We did it as well last year," the St Faithleach's clubman told gaa.ie. "We are going to be playing against the best teams now week on week, so you get to see how good your team is, how good your panel is so it is going to be great.
"We will relish the chance of playing against the top teams. Tyrone next week, Donegal the following week and then Dublin, I mean that is what you dream of when you start out playing football.
"We always wanted to get to the Super 8s, but we are not there to make up the numbers now. We will be going out to express ourselves. Every man will be driving it on this week to try and get into the 26 next week. It is going to be a massive few weeks for us but hopefully we can drive it on now."