Moyna a major boost to Down’s backroom staff

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Down football has received a welcome boost ahead of the 2012 season with the acquisition of Professor Niall Moyna to James McCartan’s backroom staff.

Moyna, who trained DCU to win the Sigerson Cup earlier this year and was part of the Dublin senior backroom team that won the All-Ireland senior football title in 2011, comes in to help with the strength and conditioning of the senior footballers.

He joins Kilcoo man Jerome Johnston who is once again on board as a selector, while Eamon Burns, who previously took charge of Ballymartin, Darragh Cross and Bryansford, also joins the side.

There was speculation that Moyna wold take charge of the Roscommon footballers and in fact while he did hold meetings with officials from Roscommon he ruled himself out citing commitments with DCU’s Sigerson Cup side.

It is no surprise counties are looking at the Monaghan man as a prospective manager; he was involved with the Dublin team that won three Leinster titles and an All-Ireland crown, and managed DCU to three Sigerson Cups, two O’Byrne Cups and a Ryan Cup.

Cavan footballer Jack Brady believes Down have pulled off a major coup by securing the services of Moyna after playing for him this year as part of the DCU side which captured the Sigerson Cup earlier this year.

Brady told Hogan Stand, “He is a brilliant coach. He has a great knowledge of the game. That is one of the things that most people don’t realise about him.”

“They think that he is just in to strength and conditioning, but people don’t realise just how tactical he is. If you couple that with his knowledge of conditioning then it makes a great combination.”


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