The future of Antrim hurling
JERRY Wallace may have left Antrim in bizarre circumstances earlier in the summer but u-21 boss Johnny McIntosh believes the Cork native has left something of a legacy behind him after his brief stint as senior manager.
Wallace was keen to put a development squad in place at u-21 level with minimal crossover between the minor and senior sides, with the view that young players can develop at their own pace in the u-21 grade.
“It is a lot to ask a player to come out of minor and play senior and for all that came out of the Jerry Wallace period, he has left a legacy behind. He was serious about making the u-21s competitive and he has probably inspired me to try and do that,” said McIntosh.
Antrim were humiliated by Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final and on Saturday they face Clare at Thurles for a place in this year’s decider. While a competitive performance is McIntosh’s priority, he is also working for a change of mindset within the county towards the u-21 grade over the next few years.
“We have a young squad, I think we only lose two or three in the next year so hopefully we’ll get to do more work with them next year and get them into a mindset and make ourselves more competitive,” said the Glenariff club man.
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