Friday 19 January 2018

Power would be happy to add Waters to crew

Brendan Furlong

Daithí Waters in first round Pettitt's SHC action for St. Martin's against Rapparees
Daithí Waters in first round Pettitt's SHC action for St. Martin's against Rapparees

David Power would place a direct call to Daithí Waters at any stage to try and fast track him back to the Wexford Senior football scene if he thought it would make a difference.

Waters, who quit the Senior football squad to offer his services to the hurlers, has been in red-hot form for his club, St. Martin's, in their two opening round football championship games.

Although he figured with the hurlers during the National League, there was a feeling out there that he could play some part in the Model county's provincial football championship campaign.

While Power would be pro-active if he thought there was some hope of the player making himself available, he does not hold out real hope at this stage.

Not denying that tentative feelers may have been sent in the direction of Waters since the completion of the league, Power said: 'I would not be holding my breath.

'If I thought that he was interested, and was interested in making himself available, I would certainly be interested in sitting down and talking. It's not on the horizon at the moment but one never closes the door,' he added.

Whether that means plans are afoot to have a chat with Waters remains to be seen.

'At the moment we are returning to training this week and have two challenge games arranged, with a squad weekend coming up in June. That's our thinking at the moment,' Power said.

The manager has now made it clear about Waters as the squad re-groups this week following four weekends of club activity.

With Grame Molloy out injured long-term, Power is hopeful that Conor Carty will be able to get a lot of work done this week as his recovery from a cruciate knee operation continues.

'Hopefully Conor will step up training this week but realistically he will not be available for the opening game. It would be too much to ask of him to get back to that level in a short few months.'

Wexford will play Tipperary in Thurles this Thursday evening, while on Sunday evening they entertain Waterford at a Wexford venue.

Also this weekend Wexford will know who their provincial quarter-final opponents will be as Louth and Westmeath clash in Drogheda on Sunday, with the winners taking on the Model county on June 14.

As the Senior footballers look ahead to a squad weekend in Dungarvan on the second weekend of June, the Senior hurlers will take in their squad session in Dungarvan this weekend.

Before that they have a challenge with Tipperary in Kilsheelan this Thursday evening.

Neither camp has reported any fresh injury problems emerging from the club activity.

Wexford People

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