Hoban: ‘Competition for places is great’

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Speaking after his side’s first game of 2014, Dundalk hotshot Patrick Hoban was full of praise for the current squad put together by Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny.

Speaking after his side’s first game of 2014, Dundalk hotshot Patrick Hoban was full of praise for the current squad put together by Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny.

And Hoban said that the competition for places within the group can only be a good thing.

“It is a brilliant squad we have this year and the new lads that have come in have made us even stronger as a squad. Even in training everyone is buzzing around so it is all good with us at the moment.

“There is loads of competition for places when you look at it, especially out wide and in midfield and even up front. That will keep me ticking over.”

The man nicknamed ‘The Hobanator’ at Oriel Park is already looking forward to getting the season underway and he sees no reason why his side cannot go one better than last year and deliver a first league title to the Carrick Road since 1995.

“I can’t wait, I really can’t wait for the season to get started again and I don’t see why not? Everyone is improving and getting stronger, the likes of Sligo, Shamrock Rovers and especially St Pat’s so we just have to see how it goes.

“We know looking at our own ability that we can do it. Time will tell because results speak for themselves in the end.”