FORMER O’Donovan Rossa senior footballer, David Shannon, is looking forward to working with newly appointed Wexford senior football manager Paul Galvin next season.
The ex-Kerry football star was recently appointed manager of the Wexford senior football team.
Cork native, David Shannon, is a member of An Garda Síochána who is based in Gorey. David who is playing his club football in Wexford, has lined out with their senior inter-county team over the last two years. He is delighted with the recent appointment.
“It is absolutely massive news. It is brilliant for the county. It has created a massive interest back in the football scene again,” revealed the ace forward.
The former Footballer of the Year has yet to meet up or contact any of the Wexford senior footballers with next year’s campaign a long way off yet. David and all his senior football colleagues are eagerly looking forward to meeting up with the Lixnaw native.
“I am really looking forward to meeting him. He seems like an incredible character,” said Shannon. “The experience he will bring should be a massive boost to football in Weford. The fact that he has won four All-Ireland medals and three All-Stars just shows in itself what level he has played at in his career.
“Hopefully he will add a few medals as a manager now going forward.”
The Wexford senior footballers endured a turgid league and championship campaign this year. Their league campaign was a sign of things to come as the Model County struggled to find their form and any level of consistency required.
David is confident the much anticipated arrival of the former Kerry senior football ace will usher in a new era for football in Wexford.
“I believe it will give football in Wexford a serious lift. Just from talking to a lot of people around the county alone, it has created a massive interest in football again. Wexford in years gone by had enjoyed good success and there is a big appetite within the county for more success.
“The hunger had been diluted in recent years. It was gone and had massively depleted. His arrival has created a new buzz.
“He will bring a winning mentality, huge experience and a good attitude mainly. That competitive streak that he has will fit in nicely with our team.
“He is obsessed with winning and that will hopefully be reflected throughout the panel over the next few years.”
He acknowledges that the Wexford senior footballers underperformed this season. He is hopeful the supporters will continue to back them in the coming seasons.
“Our season this year was extremely disappointing. We only finished mid-table in division four of the national league and we lost both our championship games.
“After training hard all year, it’s tough not to be getting the results that you work hard for and especially when we didn’t perform to the best of our ability. It feels like we left ourselves and the supporters down.”
The towering full-forward who has adapted seamlessly to senior inter-county football now plays his club football with St John’s Volunteers. David is adamant the county possesses the sufficient talent to be more competitive in both their league and championship campaigns.
“The club scene is strong and it is extremely competitive,” said Shannon. “It’s wide open, any team could win any of the grades. From playing in and watching the games, you would feel that the county team should be doing better alright.”
The Wexford footballers have been hampered somewhat in recent seasons by the decision of a number of promising dual players to play hurling under their high-profile manager Davy Fitzgerald. David is hopeful Galvin’s appointment might tempt a few players back to Gaelic football.
“I feel that there’s a few players that didn’t make themselves available for selection over the last few years. Hopefully they will now come back on to the panel with this appointment.
“I would also be confident that there’s a couple of lads on the fringes of the hurling panel that will make the switch back to football.”
The Wexford senior footballers are already thinking about next season when they will be operating under the watchful eye of Paul Galvin, whose arrival will bring a lot of publicity. David is confident he will restore the good times to Wexford football.
“All the players are nervous and watching their place as we know he will be selecting his own panel. Most of the lads are looking forward to going back training already. Hopefully there are some exciting times ahead for Wexford football.”
David who won minor and U21 county titles with his beloved O’Donovan Rossa is enjoying playing senior inter-county football with his adopted county.
“I have really enjoyed the last two years. It’s tough, but I do enjoy it. It has put me to a test which I have never experienced before. I feel I have dealt with it well and it has led me to improve in a lot of areas, both on and off the field. It is something that I would never have thought would happen when I moved to Wexford.
“When I lived in Cork, I wouldn’t have been involved in any inter-county team, so to get the call to play for Wexford was great. I was delighted.
“It is a massive step-up altogether. There is no comparison to the intensity from club to county.”