New Wexford senior hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald has included forward Jack Guiney in a winter training squad of more than 40 players.
Fitzgerald has also confirmed the make-up of his backroom team — with former county star Keith Rossiter and ex-Kilkenny goalkeeper PJ Ryan set to play key roles.
Rossiter, who will line out for Oulart-the-Ballagh against Offaly champions St Rynagh’s in Sunday’s AIB Leinster senior club hurling championship tie, will be involved in a part-time coaching capacity, with 2009 All-Ireland final man of the match Ryan brought in to coach the Wexford goalkeepers.
Former U21 manager JJ Doyle is the local link but Fitzgerald is also bringing two of his own former backroom men with him: Páraic Fanning and Seoirse Bulfin.
Bulfin worked alongside Fitzgerald at third-level with Limerick IT, and also with the Waterford and Clare inter-county teams, while Fanning was a member of Fitzgerald’s backroom team when he was in charge of the Déise.
Fitzgerald has also enlisted the services of three strength and conditioning coaches: Jimmy Payne, Darren Siggins, and Ross Dunphy, who has worked with the Tipperary and Dublin senior hurling teams in recent times.
After overseeing pre-season strength and conditioning work, Fitzgerald is planning to whittle down his extended squad in mid-January, ahead of the start of the Allianz Hurling League campaign.
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