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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hartley to take over Waterford U-21 hot seat

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

FORMER Waterford hurling star Fergal Hartley is the county's new U-21 manager and he will have two other big local names in his back-room team.

Former county team-mate Tom Feeney will be one of his selectors and another will be Derek McGrath, who managed De La Salle College to Harty Cup and All-Ireland glory in recent years.

Their appointment will be ratified by the county board next Monday night.

Another former Deise star, and current RTE pundit, Paul Flynn, has also just moved into inter-county management, after taking over the reins of the Carlow U-21 hurlers.

Waterford man Kevin Ryan, who had previously coached Oulart-The Ballagh, has made big inroads with the Carlow senior hurlers in the past two years. He has also been doubling up as U-21 boss, but Flynn is now taking over.

Meanwhile, Wexford club St Martin's are losing inter-county hurler Eoin Quigley to Cork club Sarsfields, but he will continue to make himself available to the county.

Quigley returned from a serious knee injury to assist St Martin's in reaching the county final last year, but he already lives in Cork where his work with a pharmaceutical company involves travelling around Munster.

And having just returned to training from an ankle operation, Quigley, son of John, a member of the 1968 Wexford All-Ireland-winning side, hopes that the move will help him return to the form which he enjoyed before his cruciate knee ligament operation two years ago.

St Martin's have already lost one big name this year as county captain Diarmuid 'Dizzy' Lyng will be unavailable to both club and county this year after taking a year out to travel America.

Several other Wexford clubs have also suffered losses for the coming season. Horeswood's county football star PJ Banvillle has gone to Australia, while inter-county team-mate Aindreas Doyle has just left his native Taghmon-Camross to join Dublin club Parnells.

Irish Independent

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