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Sunday 22 September 2019

Power vows to be very competitive away to Clare

Brendan Furlong

It's David Power's immediate goal to rebuild the Wexford team, but he could not have been handed a tougher task than having to travel to Milltown Malbay to face Clare in the Allianz Football League Division 3 opener on Sunday.

Wexford have been hampered by injuries and missing will be long-term casualties Graeme Molloy, Graeme Cullen, Kieran Butler, Conor Carty, Anthony Masterson and Michael O'Regan.

While they have a lot of injuries, on the plus side they will have experienced trio Brian Malone, Adrian Flynn and Ciarán Lyng back in contention, having played in a number of games over the past ten days.

Following on from their O'Byrne Cup victory over Wicklow, Wexford had three further games with victories over Offaly and the Garda College, while losing out to St. Vincent's (Dublin), with manager Power using 28 players as he tried to decide on a league squad.

But the new boss is happy with the way his side is shaping up and is looking towards a positive league campaign.

Gradually rebuilding a squad, he is sure to have a number of new players for Sunday's opener and against Armagh the following weekend.

As they continue their preparations this week, players like Graham Carty, Dermot Flood, Kevin O'Connor, Simon Donohoe, Eoghan Nolan, Jim White, Conor Sinnott, Kevin Rowe and Declan Murphy will come into contention, while the side will also be bolstered by the likes of James Breen, Michael Furlong, Paddy Byrne who is rejuvenated in midfield, Ben Brosnan, Robert Tierney, Páraic O'Keeffe, Colm Kehoe, Kevin O'Grady, Shane Roche and Tiarnan Rossiter.

Power has his own reasons for looking forward to the league campaign.

'We will have a nice sprinkling of new faces to go along with the experienced players. People are going to see lots of change over the next 24 months as there are a lot of young, skilful players coming through.

'I know the task facing us with Clare. Last year I took the Tipperary Under-21 side to Milltown Malbay on a Wednesday evening. I know how difficult it is to get a result there. They are very passionate about their football down there so we will have to be ready for a fight,' he said.

'But we are well prepared. The players have put in the work, are eager and looking forward to the league. Once we are mentally and physically right we can get a result. Our players are in good shape, eager, hungry and motivated.

'One thing's for sure, we are going to be very competitive in each game. I have no doubt that if we get a performance from the players we can come back to Wexford with two points.

'A victory would be a tremendous boost to confidence as we have Armagh the following weekend.

'We could not have had two more difficult games to open with but we will be positive in approaching each game. Right from the outset we will be seeking out victories.

'The big positive with the players is that they have put in the work and are really looking forward to the league.'

Wexford will not announce their team until after training tonight (Tuesday).

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