Midleton club man Hogan is the new Laois hurling coach

Midleton club man Hogan is the new Laois hurling coach
Patrick Purcell of Laois in action against Jack Goulding of Kerry this year. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

WHILE Cork fans await the news of John Meyler’s new Cork hurling backroom, one Leesider has already nailed down his inter-county berth for next season.

Midleton native Dave Hogan has been appointed hurling coach with the Laois senior squad for 2018. 

The experienced Magpie was on board with his own club’s county-winning minor team in 2010 and in 2013 when they lifted the Seán Óg Murphy Cup after beating Sars.

Eamonn Kelly is in his second year as Laois manager, while former Tipp hurler Conor Gleeson will coach the side along with Hogan. The Midleton man took a step back from the hurling scene after his club’s success four years ago to complete a Masters in Corporate Finance in UCC, where he now works.

Laois will compete in Division 1B of the league next year and the second tier of the championship. 

Cork legend Teddy McCarthy managed the Leinster side in recent years.

Cork hurling fans are hoping incoming manager John Meyler announces his selectors and coach in the coming days. 

With the Munster Hurling League, which the Rebels landed last year under previous boss Kieran Kingston, starting at the end of December and the Allianz Hurling League beginning with a clash against Kilkenny on January 29, the clock is ticking to nail down the appointments.

Donal O'Mahony is expected to take up one of the positions. 

The Bishopstown club man has done significant work to develop the hurling side of Christians school recently, while he was involved under Kingston with Anthony Nash and Patrick Collins as goalkeeping coach.

Kieran 'Fraggie' Murphy, the former Cork captain who was a selector with Meyler at U21 level this year, has been approached about taking a significant role in the senior set-up as well.

New Rebel U21 manager Denis Ring and incoming minor boss John Considine won't be in a position to finalise their selectors until Meyler's are nailed down. 

John Dwyer is likely to be in the U21 management while Donal Burke will move on with Considine having served alongside him at U17 this summer.

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