New Laois camogie manager Owen Drennan is urging all players in Laois to make themselves available for selection to the county team.
Drennan is in his first year as manager having taken over from Aidan Franks and his side take on Wexford this Sunday in the opening round of the Division 2 league.
Drennan – who was part of the Borris-Kilcotton squad that won the Laois SHC title last year – cut his teeth in camogie management with the St Brigid’s club team and took the job after being approached by Laois Camogie chairman Barney O’Connor from The Harps.
However, he must do without a number of experienced players who currently aren’t involved. Louise and Elaine Mahony and Olga Parkinson are among those who have opted out after a very long involvement but Drennan is hopeful that some may come back on board.
“This is my first year involved and we’re trying to put together a very professional set up. We have Simon Smith on board as the strength and conditioning coach and Mary Dunne is a selector as well.
“We’re all Laois people and we all want the best for our county. I don’t think ‘No’ as answer too easily.
“I’d encourage everyone to come on board. I want to give the players the best platform possible and there are a number of good young players involved and I want them to have the best set up for their career too.
“I want to create a bit of a buzz about the whole thing. I’ve been on to the county board about getting some of our games played in O’Moore Park, possibly before some of the Laois hurling games, and I also would love to train in the new Laois GAA training centre on Fr Browne Avenue.
“This is all new to me and I’m trying to bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the whole thing.
“The league will be about getting ourselves set up and getting a system of play but we’ll be looking to make the All Ireland semi-final again and pushing on from there.”
Laois won the All Ireland junior title in 2015 and were beaten in last year’s All Ireland intermediate semi-final.
The game on Sunday against Wexford takes place in New Ross and starts at 1.30pm.