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Sunday 19 November 2017

McGrath return boosts Deise

Returning: Ken McGrath is back in training for Waterford.
Returning: Ken McGrath is back in training for Waterford.
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Ken McGrath returned to Waterford training last night, providing manager Davy Fitzgerald with his second significant boost in eight days.

The veteran Tony Browne, McGrath's Mount Sion colleague, made his return on Tuesday night of last week, ending any thoughts he had of retiring.

McGrath has been away on honeymoon in recent weeks and is one of the sextet that Fitzgerald gave an extended break to during the early rounds of the league.

Eoin Murphy, John Mullane, Seamus Prendergast and Dan Shanahan have all since returned and McGrath's reappearance means that Fitzgerald now has all the 2009 players he wants back at his disposal -- although Stradbally's Michael 'Brick' Walsh is still out with a broken arm.

However, Waterford have been progressing nicely with a young team and draws in the league over successive weekends against Cork and Tipperary have been encouraging.

McGrath's return will eventually increase the options open to the management, who have been pleased with the progress of players like Jamie Nagle, Noel Connors and Richie Foley in the campaign to date.

Irish Independent

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