Monday 24 July 2017

Wexford ace Waters has 'no regrets' over hurling experiment

'Waters reckons the appointment of a high profile manager in Seamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney to the football job shows the county is serious about pursuing both codes.' Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
'Waters reckons the appointment of a high profile manager in Seamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney to the football job shows the county is serious about pursuing both codes.' Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Daithi Waters has no regrets about opting to pursue football with Wexford, even as the hurlers have thrust themselves firmly into the national consciousness under Davy Fitzgerald.

A highly-respected midfielder on the football circuit, Waters chose to play hurling for one season in 2015 under Liam Dunne and managed to force his way into his championship side before returning to football last season. And while he has no regrets ahead of Wexford's Leinster SFC clash with Carlow tomorrow, the St Martin's clubman admits he's more "comfortable" with football.

"I tried it for one year. When Liam Dunne was over the set-up he asked me to come in for the year. It's something I have no regrets doing… Look I wanted to try it when I was able to try it and in a lot of years when I am not playing GAA I might look back and say, 'why didn't I do it?' I got on alright. At the end of the day, I am back playing football now, which is more comfortable to me."

"Hurling is a thing that you can never have a hurl out of your hand, the skill level you see. It is hard to do it within one year. Look it, it was great, all the players and management they really looked after me. I got to meet some great fellas and get to know the hurlers as well."

Waters reckons the appointment of a high profile manager in Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney to the football job shows the county is serious about pursuing both codes.

"I think especially with the appointment of Davy Fitz and the backroom, if we hadn't got Seamus we could have been put back in the dark, you could say. But to have Seamus in is unbelievable.

"(McEnaney) just brings a level of professionalism. And the way the game has gone, the game has evolved so much. Nothing against our previous managers over the last couple of years, but being at the higher level with Monaghan and bringing them so far he just knows what has to be done at the higher end of the divisions. That means a lot to Wexford."

Wexford have made a bright start to life under the Monaghan man and they secured promotion from division four with two games to spare. And while he concedes they are 'expected' to beat Carlow, he has warned against complacency.

"Expected yes, but they gave us a good beating in the last league game there, and now we have to go back up there again. They are not going to fear us at all. Just because we have Seamus over us, it's not going to make any difference. We have to turn up on the day and have a big performance or we are going to be in the qualifiers quicker than we think."

Irish Independent

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