Friday 24 March 2017

Guiney back as Davy's Wexford backroom team takes shape

Jackie Cahill

Jack Guiney: Opted out in April. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Jack Guiney: Opted out in April. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

New Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald has included forward star Jack Guiney in a winter training squad of over 40 players.

Fitzgerald has also confirmed the make-up of his backroom team, with former county star Keith Rossiter and ex-Kilkenny goalkeeper PJ Ryan set to play key roles.

Rossiter, who will line out for Oulart-The Ballagh against Offaly champions St Rynagh's in Sunday's AIB Leinster club senior hurling championship tie, will be involved in a part-time coaching capacity, with 2009 All-Ireland final man of the match Ryan brought in to coach the Wexford goalkeepers.

Former U-21 manager JJ Doyle is the local link but Fitzgerald is also bringing two of his own former backroom men with him - Páraic Fanning and Seoirse Bulfin.

Bulfin worked alongside Fitzgerald with Limerick IT, Waterford and Clare, while Fanning was a member of the Déise backroom team.

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Fitzgerald has also enlisted the services of three strength and conditioning coaches - Jimmy Payne, Darren Siggins and Ross Dunphy.

Payne moves with Bulfin from the Clare set-up to join Fitzgerald, while Siggins and Dunphy both worked for Seamus Plunkett during his time as Laois manager.

Dunphy has also worked with the Tipperary and Dublin senior hurling teams in recent times.

The return of former U-21 star Guiney is a major boost to Fitzgerald as he looks ahead to his first season in charge of the Slaneysiders.

The 23-year-old forward opted out of the Wexford set-up for personal reasons in April but he will provide a badly-needed extra attacking option next year, if he remains on board for the long haul. Two other forwards - Rhys Clarke and Kevin Foley - have also returned.

Foley opted out of the senior set-up last December but did feature for Doyle's U-21s this year.

Ian Byrne, currently based in Dubai, is unavailable for the foreseeable future and cruciate ligament trio Andrew Shore, Liam Óg McGovern and Shane Tomkins will be sidelined until well into the new year.

Irish Independent

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