Antrim have been welcomed as hurling boss Darren Gleeson has committed his future to the Saffrons. | Pro IQRA News

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During a period in which county team managers in both football and hurling are stepping down with unprecedented frequency, Antrim are raising the bar in terms of stability, confidence and passion.

Corsley had Enda McGinley and Stephen O’Neill vacate their managerial roles with County Football, with former Meath boss Andy McEntee being put in the hot seat.

And before speculation began over the future of hurling manager Darren Gleeson, the county board moved smartly to secure his signature on a further two-year deal with an option for a third year.

It is hardly a coincidence that given this backdrop of urgency and positivity, players from both codes in the Saffron County are already gearing up for the 2023 campaign.

With the hurlers winning the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2020 and again this year, as well as securing their place in the Leinster Championship round-robin series next year, captain Eoghan Campbell made it abundantly clear why the subsystem is again running

“Since Darren arrived in the latter part of 2019, there has been a level of professionalism in Antrim hurling,” maintained Campbell.

“From a strength and conditioning standpoint, we have Brandon Murphy. It was there before but you could almost pick and choose when you went.

“Now there are individual sessions, rehabilitation sessions, recovery sessions and it’s all tailored to the needs of the players. Everyone has bought into the set-up, that’s for sure.

With another campaign in Division One of the Allianz League, Antrim will put their skills to the test against some of the more elite sides, something manager Gleeson looks forward to with particular relish.

“Only by playing against quality opponents can a team improve. The players are learning as we go and it has paid off with two trophies in three years,” insisted Gleeson.

New football manager McEntee has already immersed himself in the Senior County Championship, with some particularly attractive games on the horizon. Antrim will compete in Division Three of the league next year and McEntee is keen to see his side mount a campaign for promotion.

“I have been very impressed with the facilities in Antrim and indeed the attitude of the County Board in what they are trying to achieve. With the Casement Park project now so popular, it makes for an exciting future,” Mack said. Anti said.

“I think Enda McGinley and Stephen O’Neill have carried a lot of weight in terms of the football team and are now expected to move on.”

Meanwhile, former Tyrone All-Ireland-winning captain Peter Canavan and current Derry captain Chrissy McCaig, who led the team to the All-Ireland semi-final this year, will be among the speakers at a forum next week.
Casement Park Redevelopment.

The event will be held at the ‘Wolf and Whistle’ in Andersontown and will feature Professor Tony Stephens and Julian Jenkins, both from Wales, two world authorities on sports stadiums.

Titled ‘Realizing the Vision and Delivering the Dream’, the forum is expected to focus on the sporting, community and economic benefits that the new stadium will bring.

It is understood that while the renovation of the stadium is underway, a concerted campaign will be launched to ensure that GAA players and supporters, local residents, cultural institutions and business leaders are presented. Be informed of the progress.

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