Donegal All Ireland winner joins up with Limerick footballers

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

New Limerick football strength and conditiong coach Antoin McFadden pictured on the sideline for Newcastle West during a Limerick SFC game
DONEGAL 2012 All Ireland SFC winner Antoin McFadden is the new Limerick senior football strength and conditioning coach.

DONEGAL 2012 All Ireland SFC winner Antoin McFadden is the new Limerick senior football strength and conditioning coach.

Just last weekend McFadden coached Newcastle West to their first Limerick SFC title in 23 years.

This week Limerick football manager John Brudair confirmed that 25 year old McFadden is now to join his backroom to replace the unavailable Mikey Kiely.

In 2012 McFadden was a member of the extended Donegal panel that won the All Ireland title with a final victory over Mayo. A brother in law of team manager Jimmy McGuinness, Limerick’s new trainer is a brother of leading scorer Colm McFadden. The UL based student has also played minor and U-21 football with Donegal - losing the 2010 U-21 final to Dublin.

McFadden joins John Brudair’s management team that is yet to be finalised by the addition of one final selector. Earlier this month former Laois coach Jerome Stack was confirmed as football coach to replace the unavailable Diarmuid Mullins. Mike Fahy and Declan Brouder are to continue as selectors with one still to be added.

Last Thursday, John Brudair’s side were been drawn to play Clare at the quarter final stage of next season’s Munster SFC. The sides also met in the 2015 championship and as that game was in Ennis, the 2016 encounter will be in the Gaelic Grounds.

The Shannonside rivals will be battling for a semi final spot against Kerry. If Limerick advance, they will have to travel to Kerry for that clash.

The Limerick senior footballers will be looking to end a run of three seasons without a Munster SFC win.

“From a player’s point of view that first half against Clare was a real let down,” recalled Brudair of this Summer’s loss to The Banner.

“It’s a home draw against a team that we are on par with. The Munster SFC has not been a happy place for Limerick and we will look to improve on that. We have blooded a lot of players in the last 18-months and now it’s time to build on that,” said Brudair.