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Meet Davy Fitzgerald's backroom staff

From selectors to the secretary we meet Davy Fitzgerald's recruits.

Peter Queally (Selector)

As a player, Queally, a garda in Youghal, brought great physical presence and energy to Waterford during Gerald McCarthy's time in charge, from midfield to half-back. A dedicated trainer, he was one of those critical of Justin McCarthy's training methods at the end of 2003 and his inter-county career petered out after that. Had a spell as trainer with the Waterford football team under the management of Billy Harty.

Maurice Geary (selector)

Geary is the manager of the Ballyduff Upper team that won last year's Waterford senior county title and provides a bedrock of experience to balance the enthusiasm and energy of Fitzgerald and Queally.

Jim Dee (team secretary)

Dee (above) was brought in during Gerald McCarthy's time as the link between team and County Board and has remained ever since. From organising pitches for training, looking after logistics of catering, travel and accommodation arrangements, and documenting mileage, the Dungarvan man performs the hidden functions that are taken for granted.

Gerry Fitzpatrick (physical trainer)

A basketball coach of some renown, he has had a long association with Snowcream Wildcats with whom his wife Mary and daughter Kim have played. Gerry is a lecturer at Waterford IT. He acted as the bridgehead in the few days between Justin McCarthy's departure and Fitzgerald's appointment.

Bertie Sherlock (goalkeeping coach)

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The Toomevara native, another of Fitzy's LIT brigade seconded to Waterford, is listed as goalkeeping coach but why would he be that when Waterford are now coached by one of the best goalkeepers of the modern era. Sherlock's portfolio stretches beyond assistance to goalkeepers, providing a crutch to everything Fitz does at training.

John Carey (psychologist)

A native of Cork, he's one of Fitzgerald's original LIT team. John Allen employed him on a regular basis during his two years at the Cork helm.

Dr Tom Higgins (medical officer)

His association with the team goes back some 30 years when Waterford found themselves hurling against counties like Carlow and Mayo in the league. Currently Mayor of County Waterford.

Peter Kirwan and team (physiotherapists)

Peter Kirwan has two physios assisting him in tending to prehab and rehab of the 36-man squad.

Crionna Tobin (dietician)

Another of Fitzgerald's recent recruits, Crionna Tobin is a daughter of former Galway footballer John who managed Roscommon to the Connacht title in 2001.

Roger Casey (kit man)

A member of the Colligan club, Casey arrives at training two hours beforehand, sets out all the training gear for each individual player and afterwards takes it all away for laundry. All the players have to worry abut is their boots and hurls.

Hurley/water carriers -- Paul Kelly, Derek Delaney, John Dee. Not just busy on match days but behind the scenes too as they help with the logistics of setting up training..


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