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Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT -

recog­ni­tion and there seems to be a con­veyor belt of fresh tal­ent com­ing through each year.

Bul­lets coach Cole­man ad­mit­ted it would take time for Drogheda Wolves to es­tab­lish them­selves in the Na­tional League - should they be ad­mit­ted - but the aim of the merger was to cre­ate a path­way for young play­ers to con­tinue play­ing in their home town.

‘There’s an Un­der-14 North East Academy with eight of our play­ers in it, and an­other eight in the Un­der-15 Academy, so there is po­ten­tial, but there has to be some­thing for them [in Drogheda] or we will lose them to the Dublin clubs,’ she pointed out.

‘The men’s team are in the NICC Cup semi-fi­nals this Satur­day [they play Leixlip Zal­giris at the Mardyke Arena in Cork at 2pm] and they needed to be suc­cess­ful in that com­pe­ti­tion to see our po­ten­tial to be in the Na­tional League.

‘It will be a learn­ing curve and they will have to learn to play at that level. The aim will be to get a cou­ple of wins in the first year and get bet­ter from there.

‘It would be bril­liant for the town. Peo­ple don’t re­alise there’s bas­ket­ball here, but we had 150 there in the Joeys for the Cup quar­ter-fi­nal and the place was buzzing.’

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