Own­ers in­vest €300k in YDC

The Argus - - SPORT - JAMES ROGERS

WHILE many sup­port­ers have be­moaned a lack of in­vest­ment in Oriel Park over the win­ter months, Dundalk FC own­ers Peak 6 could not be ac­cused of skimp­ing on ex­pense when it comes to help­ing the play­ers pre­pare for the new sea­son.

The squad re­turned to the Youth De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre on Sat­ur­day for the start of pre-sea­son train­ing where they were greeted with a re­vamped gym that now has var­i­ous im­ages of the club’s re­cent suc­cesses splashed on the walls.

This is the most eye-catch­ing el­e­ment of an in­vest­ment that will run to over €300,000 to help trans­form the YDC into a player hub to help the side achieve re­sults on the pitch.

Works in­clude new dress­ing rooms for the play­ers and staff and a kit room. Works are also on­go­ing on a new video anal­y­sis suite, med­i­cal room and din­ing area.

Head coach Vinny Perth praised the own­ers for their in­vest­ment.

He said: ‘To be fair to Peak 6, they are in the club now close to a year. Ex­ter­nally there may not be a hell of a lot of change but in­ter­nally there’s a vast amount of change.

‘The YDC is a state of the art build­ing and it gives us a real plat­form. We’ve cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment for the play­ers to be able to achieve their goals. It’s bril­liant but it’s su­per­fi­cial as well be­cause it’s about how hard we work.’

Perth also con­firmed that kit man Noel Walsh would now be around the club on a full-time ba­sis.

He said: ‘Noel be­ing here just adds to the squad. It makes all the management staff’s jobs a lot eas­ier that there is some­one else there to help out. He’s also such a good per­son that we’re all used to hav­ing around.

‘The club is in a good po­si­tion at the mo­ment. There is some changes on the way but at the mo­ment from the management staff all the way down to the play­ers we’re in a good po­si­tion and we’re very con­fi­dent.’

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