DOUGLAS have appointed Noel Furlong as their new senior hurling coach and his appointment is seen as a big positive for the Southside club.
The Carrigtwohill native, a star in their never to be forgotten Cork County SHC victory in 2011 and a very highly rated coach, had been at the helm with Fr O’Neill’s in recent years and had a very successful innings with the Ladysbridge-Ballymacoda outfit.
He led them to Cork County IHC glory in 2016 with a very young side and last season they captured the Cork County PIHL after being very unlucky to be eliminated from the championship by Ballinhassig.
He now links up with a Douglas squad that is viewed as having the potential to be very serious contenders for the title.
In fact, they are regarded as being one of the favourites despite a disappointing exit at the hands of Killeagh last season.
The team is backboned by Cork senior stars Eoin and Alan Cadogan and Shane Kingston as well as some of the best young hurlers in the county.
Furlong will work alongside the management team led by former player, Willie Coveney and the city side will get a quick opportunity to make amends for the loss to Killeagh last season as the sides have been paired again in the opening round of the 2018 championship season.