O'Connor welcomes McDonald involvement

January 11, 2020

Mayo's Diarmuid O'Connor. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Diarmuid O'Connor is relishing working with his boyhood hero Ciaran McDonald in the year ahead.

The legendary Crossmolina and Mayo forward has joined James Horan's backroom team as a coach and current attacking star O'Connor said at the launch of the 2020 Allianz Football League this week: “When I first started watching football in Mayo, Ciaran was at the height of his career.

“It’s great to have him involved now. He’s already done a lot of work in his own club with underage football. Great experience, great knowledge. I’m looking forward to working with him in the year ahead."

Last year's Allianz League-winning captain added: “I’ve only joined in with the panel the last week or two so I haven’t worked with him that much. But I’ve already got little nuggets off him.

“Just talking to the other players, you would hear of them getting advice off him. Anywhere he can offer advice he does and it’s great to have him around. So far it’s been more one on one stuff. He wouldn’t be one of the biggest talkers in the dressing-room so far, but that might change as the year goes on.

"I’m looking forward to working with him for the rest of the year.”

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