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Published: 09:48 | 14/3/16

McStay hails Rossies

Joint-manager Kevin McStay has paid tribute to his Roscommon players after they secured their Allianz Football Division 1 status with a four successive victory.

Roscommon had been tipped to be relegated from Division 1 ahead of this year's league but the Connacht side have silenced the critics with wins over Kerry, Cork and Down before Sunday's 1-19 to 0-17 defeat of Donegal secured their top flight status for 2017.

"Today is great because we are absolutely nailed on Division 1 next year which is a big thing for us, a big target," McStay said. "We'll get another seven games next year into these young boys. That's a big part of what we want to do, to really build ourselves up to be a proper Division 1 team."

Roscommon will now target a place in the semi-finals with games against Mayo and Dublin on the horizon, while they also have a trip to New York to prepare for in the Connacht SFC.

With their Division 1 status secure, McStay believes it is important for the team to establish themselves as genuine contenders in the Championship.

"They are two big Championship games for us. We'll take them on their merits and very soon our eyes will start drifting to New York because we have to establish ourselves as a proper Championship team too," McStay is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

"People have to take us seriously in the Championship.

"People will write off what we are doing here in the league if we don't back it up with good Championship stuff."

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