Glow­ing trib­utes paid to se­lec­tion com­mit­tee

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A Balt­in­glass GAA Club del­e­gate paid trib­ute to the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee who pro­posed Davy Burke as the new Wick­low Se­nior foot­ball man­ager at last Tues­day evening’s County Board meet­ing in Bal­li­nakill.

‘Mr Chair­man, I think we should com­ple­ment the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee for the ex­cel­lent work they have done. And they have to be fur­ther com­pli­mented for hold­ing of the con­fi­den­tial­ity of the process.

‘I know it ap­peared in yes­ter­day morn­ing’s pa­per, which was un­for­tu­nate, but they can’t do any­thing about that, and un­for­tu­nately it hap­pened.

‘And they have made a good se­lec­tion and I wish them all the best and please God he can turn things around in this county.

‘Well done, lads. I want to com­pli­ment ev­ery­body in­volved. It’s ab­so­lutely bril­liant,’ he said.

Bray del­e­gate Jackie Napier sec­onded the com­pli­ments to the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

‘In the past I was on com­mit­tees like that my­self and I know it’s not an easy job. I wish the new man all the best,’ he said.

Kil­te­gan’s Damien Byrne said that there ap­peared to be an ‘aw­ful lot of neg­a­tiv­ity in the room tonight’ and that it was a ‘pity’ that it should be so.

‘It’s a pity with such a won­der­ful ap­point­ment,’ he said. ‘And I think that go­ing out of here tonight there has to be pos­i­tiv­ity in­stead of neg­a­tiv­ity, and I think that what­ever peo­ple have to say, throw it out now and move for­ward,’ he added.

The sec­ond Balt­in­glass del­e­gate agreed with his club col­league’s com­ple­ments of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee and added that ev­ery­one needed to get be­hind him and that in­cluded the clubs.

‘The one thing I’d like to see in the county is for the good work that has been done over the last two years with Mi­nors com­ing through – I have a young man at home my­self at home in­volved this year and he was very lucky to be part of a re­ally good set up. We have devel­op­ment squads work­ing tire­lessly be­hind the scenes and it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s a lot of sav­age work go­ing on, lads, and if we all come to­gether, we can bring us from where we are to a bet­ter place.

‘So, I’d like to see it in the min­utes that our new man­ager comes in that there is a con­nect back into un­der-20s, Ju­nior and back into Mi­nor. Be­cause that Mi­nor team of last year and this year will be your un­der-20 team if there is go­ing to be an un­der-20 cham­pi­onship and they’re the fu­ture of the county out­side the lads we al­ready have play­ing,’ he added.

Martin Fitzger­ald called for all clubs and play­ers to get be­hind Davy Burke and move for­ward.

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