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Cabinteely manager Pat Devlin

Cabinteely manager Pat Devlin

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Cabinteely manager Pat Devlin

Cabinteely boss Pat Devlin says the club are on a sound enough footing to compete in the SSE Airtricity League this season after holding talks with other clubs about a merger.

The south Dublin outfit, who field 65 teams across all levels but only joined the senior ranks in 2015, came close to winning promotion to the Premier Division last season, only losing out in a playoff. Three weeks out from the start of the 2020 season and Cabo's resources boosted by the announcement today of a three-year sponsorship deal with Edufit, who provide sports training and communications software.

"Edufit will not only support Cabinteely's first team through its front of jersey sponsorship but also provide technological support to managers, coaches, players members and volunteers that will fit the needs of the club at all levels," Devlin said today.

However the financial burden of competing at national level is harsh and there were suggestions over the close season that Cabo could withdraw from the league and join forces with another outfit, as Devlin admitted that discussions took place.

"We're over the hump in the sense that it is full on, full throttle, move forward, we have got a new very good sponsor which is going to help a hell of a lot," Devlin said.

"I think a lot of the confusion came from a meeting out in the FAI in Abbotstown in July where there were a lot of suggestions that clubs should speak to each other and see what they could move forward.

"I would totally agree with that, I thought it was the right thing to do so to be quite honest, and there's no point in beating around the bush, we decided to look into that and we did, we talked to a number of clubs about partnership, about sharing things.

"But I think then that some people got a little bit confused, it got out there that we were in talks with this club and that club and so on and really what we were trying to do was to look at our pathway and see what was most suitable for us. And obviously the move that is most suitable for us is to keep going the way we are going but to try to improve it and that's exactly what we are doing," he added.

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