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Laois GAA football and hurling chairmen confirmed

Laurence Phelan and Tom Clear have secured the football and hurling chairmen roles

Laois GAA have new football and hurling chairmen for the 2018 season.

New County Board chairman Peter O’Neill vacated the role after taking the top job and he has chosen Killeshin native Laurence Phelan to replace him.

Phelan is a former Laois minor manager and, speaking to LaoisToday, he outlined the many things he hopes to achieve in the role.

He said: “We have gone from Division 1 to Division 4 in a short space of time and no is certainly the moment to rebuild.

“I am looking forward to the presentation of the Strategic Review plan to the clubs on Monday night as I think it will provide the blueprint for us to change things.

“One of the key things I want to establish is a link between the schools.

“I want to put someone in there to do that and see is there anything we can do to help them improve things.

“The other thing I intend to establish is some sort of consistency in the strength and conditioning work being done at U-17, U-20 and senior level.

“We need joined up thinking here. Last year, Noel Delaney and his team did brilliant work with our minors but that will all be pointless if a new U-20 manager comes in and doesn’t do any of it.

“So it is important that the new U-20 manager fits in with what has been done before.

“We have two very good men in place currently in Donnacha Phelan (U-17) and John Sugrue (senior) so we must build on the work they are doing.”

Meanwhile, the hurling position also became vacant after Camross’ Seán Mortimer stepped down from all roles he held at the end of 2017.

And the new man to replace him is the current Vice chairman Tom Clear of Clough-Ballacolla.

Speaking to LaoisToday, he said that he has three main areas he intends to target during his tenure.

He said: “I’m in the process of forming my board and I intend to have one primary and one secondary school teacher on it.

“I want to make sure we are getting the right players involved with county squads at underage level and having these people involved will help.

“Secondly, I want to get representatives from the clubs. And not just senior clubs, I want members of intermediate and junior clubs also.

“Sometimes they feel like they are left out and I want to make sure they know they are as valued as our senior clubs.

“And the final thing I want to do is to get some of our past players involved.

“These are men who have spent a large chunk of their lives playing hurling in Laois and any input they would have would be listened to.”

SEE ALSO – Sugrue pleased with the attitude of the Laois panel

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.