WATERFORD'S Paul Flynn has been announced as Carlow’s new U21 hurling manager.
The man who hit a staggering 24-181 in 46 championship games for his county will take over from fellow Deise Kevin Ryan, the county's senior manager, who will stay on as a selector with members of the senior's selectors.
Flynn and Ryan worked together when Justin McCarthy managed Waterford and the fact that the county minors are being trained by Philly Flynn, also of Deise stock, makes it a unique hat-trick in Carlow.
The team he is inheriting are highly thought of in Carlow, losing to Kilkenny in the Leinster semi-final as minors in 2008 on a 1-16 to 0-7 score it was the closest the county ever came to knocking the Cats at this grade.
Meanwhile the county’s footballers have signed a code of conduct in a bid to improve their terrible discipline record on and off the field.
Last season’s bottom county on the fair play table for the National League became embroiled in controversy on an away trip to London when a player’s arm was broken by a bouncer and another was arrested.
However team manager Luke Dempsey has ordered his players to sign an agreement believed to contain a players promise to stay loyal to the cause, improve their discipline on and off the pitch and work hard to improve the standard of football within the county and standing outside it.
“We all signed a code of conduct during the week, which is important for us to progress, so hopefully we’ll get some results,” revealed corner-back Kieran Nolan.
“We were going through our individual gym programmes and could only get back together on January 1st. We set ambitions to win Division 4 this year and bring a bit of form into the championship. There’s a great atmosphere in there, better than any other year I’ve been on the panel.”
Meanwhile former leading attacker Brian Kelly has hit out at Carlow’s fitness levels following their 5-13 to 0-8 victory over Kilkenny in the O’Byrne Cup last Sunday.
“The first thing was today, they got a result. Looking at them though, I’m not sure how much training they’ve done, but they definitely need a lot more fitness. Some lads don’t look as fit as they should be. I know it’s only January but the first round of the league is against Wicklow, who beat Laois, and you can be sure a Mick O’Dwyer trained team will be flying fit. Fitness-wise is something that they will have to improve on big time.”
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