Cox won't have the surprise factor against his native county

March 23, 2019

Roscommon's Conor Cox and Monaghan's Conor Boyle. ©INPHO/Evan Logan.

Conor Cox’s impressive start to his Roscommon inter-county career hasn’t come as a surprise to his former Kerry junior manager Jimmy Keane.

The Listowel Emmets clubman switched his allegiance to his father’s county at the start of this campaign and will come face-to-face with his native county and some former team-mates in Dr Hyde Park tomorrow.

He has accumulated 1-21 to date for the primrose and blues and, speaking to the Irish Independent, Keane said the Kingdom will be well aware of the threat the All-Ireland JFC winner poses.

“I have just seen the few clips on TV but I'm not surprised at how he is going.

“When he is playing against the other inter-county teams they might not be aware of Conor and his ability.

“Down here we all know what he's like but maybe in Roscommon there are plenty of people who didn't know of him or his ability, never mind when he's playing against other teams who wouldn't be aware of who this man is, but I'm not one bit surprised at what he has achieved so far.

“There'd be an added bit of pressure (playing Kerry) because he is playing against a lot of fellas he would know.

“Added to that he won't have the surprise factor against the Kerry boys because they'll know his ability and reputation in Kerry.”

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