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Published 11/07/2014 | 02:30

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Wexford manager JJ Doyle
Wexford manager JJ Doyle

WEXFORD U-21 manager JJ Doyle has urged the county's talented youngsters to take the next step in their development and scalp one of the country's top hurling sides.

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The Slaneysiders secured back-to-back Leinster U-21 titles when beating Dublin in Parnell Park on Wednesday night and some of them will be pressed straight back into action tomorrow when the senior side take on All-Ireland champions Clare in Wexford Park after last week's draw in Ennis.

And while he agrees the county are moving in the right direction, Doyle warned senior success won't automatically follow.

"Nothing is a matter of time," said Doyle. "It's not going to start happening just because the boys won. It will have to be made happen but I believe it can be made and I believe in the next number of years, we'll be there or thereabouts.

"I've only been involved with it for two years and we won two Leinsters. I think it's going pretty well but it's about winning a big match at senior level first.

"I think it's giving these lads belief and hopefully that will transfer, so we can get across the line in games like last Saturday."

Some of Wexford's players like Conor McDonald, Liam Ryan and Jack Guiney face into their third championship match in a week but Doyle has no fears about their fitness and expects the senior side to produce a big performance.

"The fatigue thing, we had Liam Ryan at full-back, I don't think I've come across a fitter chap. He didn't have a huge amount of long running; Conor Mac the same, he played the 70 minutes on Saturday. Jack Guiney played 60 minutes.

"Liam was the only one that played the full 90. But they're young men. They're obviously well able for it.

"The last thing you want is them being over-trained so we tried to keep them fresh, you want lads hungry. You don't want them being over-hurled. Listen, they've gained great experience. They're young men.

"That's what young lads are like for you. It takes us older lads longer to recover from things.

"The boys will be flying. I guarantee you that when they get the crowd behind them in Wexford Park, like, the crowd of Wexford people we have here, the adrenaline they will get from the crowd at Wexford Park on Saturday evening will be phenomenal."

Irish Independent

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