Carruth and Rheinisch boost Westmeath
Westmeath will have two of Ireland's most successful recent Olympians among their backroom team when they being preparations for 2010 in the coming weeks.
Barcelona boxing gold medallist in 1992, Michael Carruth, is the headline act as manager Brendan Hackett assembles a high-profile team.
Dublin-born Carruth will act as a masseur but will also be involved in the team's strength and conditioning preparations.
Hackett has also enlisted the services of Eoin Rheinisch, who came so close to winning a medal in last year's Beijing Olympics when he finished fourth in one of the canoeing disciplines. Rheinisch will also be involved in physical preparations.
Hackett met the players collectively for the first time on Wednesday night and both Carruth and Rheinisch were present to give presentations.
Former Westmeath player and former International Rules star, Michael 'Spike' Fagan, was confirmed as a selector while Mattie Fox, a Longford native who has worked with Hackett, will also act as a selector.
The meeting was attended by up to 70 players but Dessie Dolan was a notable absentee. Dolan is believed to be extremely disappointed that his father, Dessie Sr, was not even afforded an interview for the position vacated by Tomas O Flaharta in the summer.
Westmeath officials argue that they were mandated by a football board meeting to look outside the county to fill the position, which they duly did.
Westmeath officials are still confident that Dolan will eventually commit for at least another season despite his misgivings about the path taken to choose a new manager.
John Keane, the double All Star, was missing from the meeting as he has told Westmeath officials that he has retired because of a persistent injury.
Keane is getting married this weekend but Hackett has admitted that he will be revisiting Keane's decision at a time in the future.