McCaffrey lays early Dundalk foundations with Griffin capture
Published 24/12/2011 | 05:00
NEW Dundalk manager Sean McCaffrey says he is in the job for the long haul and he made a positive start last night by securing the services of promising young striker Mark Griffin.
The 20-year-old local burst onto the scene last year with seven goals in his first nine games and had attracted the attention of other league clubs. However, he has decided to stick with the Lilywhites.
"My long-term plan is to get over to England, but my main focus at the moment is nailing down a regular place with Dundalk," said Griffin.
McCaffrey expects to build a squad mainly comprised of youngsters, although he wishes to retain the experience of central defender Colin Hawkins.
In the bigger picture, the Monaghan man -- formerly in charge of the Irish youths -- wants to tap into the schoolboy clubs in the area.
"Money will build you a team and it could maybe build you a club, but you need to put the structures in place," he said.
"Everything needs to be right, instead of this situation in League of Ireland football where the manager goes and the whole team goes, and the whole thing starts all over again.
"I'm delighted to get the job. I think it's a club with a fantastic fan base and huge potential. It's a huge football town. The Dundalk Schoolboys' League is on your doorstep, and I know a lot of people involved in it."
McCaffrey will be assisted by last year's assistant Darius Kierans and former Dundalk defender John Whyte.