Hurling

Friday 1 August 2014

Mullane to take on coaching role with Rapparees

Jackie Cahill

Published 31/01/2013|05:00

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18 January, 2013: Waterford's John Mullane has announced he is to retire from inter-county hurling. Photo: Sportsfile

RETIRED Waterford hurler John Mullane will assist Wexford club Rapparees/ Starlights in a coaching and advisory role this year.

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Mullane (32) is eager to build up his coaching experience and believes he has something to offer in that capacity.

Mullane took a couple of sessions with the Rapps last season, and club secretary Marisa Nolan confirmed that the five-time All Star will help out again this year.

Nolan said: "We're delighted with it. John will be working with our manager this year, Johnny Murphy. John will be doing a couple of nights with us and we're delighted with that, absolutely thrilled."

Mullane (below) recently attended the club's annual dinner dance and "went down a bomb," according to Nolan.

She added: "He made a great speech about how important club is, and winning with the club."

Starlights have made significant progress in the underage ranks in recent years, with their minors winning the last two county titles.

The challenge for Murphy now is to blend these emerging young stars into the senior set-up.

Starlights narrowly avoided relegation from the senior ranks last year, but Nolan is confident that the future is rosy.

She admitted: "We were kind of lucky last year. We could have been relegated but we have a good team of young players and we hope that the players coming through will blend in well with what we have.

"I'm not saying that we'll end up in a county final or anything like that, but we're looking for progress.

"And we're lucky to date in that we haven't been hit by emigration. We hope that continues to the case."

As well as helping out with the Rapparees, Mullane will hurl for his home club, reigning Waterford champions De La Salle.

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