Backroom role with Meath for McDonagh

Irish long jump record holder and leading therapist, Ciarán McDonagh, has been added to the Meath football backroom team and will start his role this weekend.

McDonagh, a native of Navan, treats some of the best athletes in the world including decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton.

Now he is looking forward to the challenge of working with the county’s footballers.

“It’s an honour to be involved with your own county,” said McDonagh of his appointment.

“It will be a challenge working with a team as a lot of the time I’m used to working with individuals and I’m looking forward to it.”

The Meath man who made the 1999 world long jump final in Seville is the only Irish athlete who has jumped over 8 metres (8.07m).

His physical therapy practice is based in Lucan.

He will look to add his experience of working with world class athletes to the Meath team along with some technical advice.

“You’re looking to bring a professional edge to the set-up,” said the 37-year-old who has worked with a number of Dublin football clubs in the past number of years.

“I’ve experience doing a little bit of coaching if there’s guys that need a hand with a bit of speed work and a bit of strength work so I’m bringing a couple of different things to the table.

“Obviously you’re looking at lads who are breaking down, you’re looking to get them on to the pitch as soon as possible.”

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