Lucan Sarsfields senior footballers will have new management for the 2017 season

LUCAN Sarsfields have named former St Peregrine’s boss Gordon Ward as the new manager of its senior football team for the 2017 campaign.
Kildare native Ward – who also has qualifications in strength and conditioning training – was in charge of Meath side Wolfe Tones last season, winning the Under-21 Meath championship just last month.
Ward’s home club is St Kevin’s of Kildare where he made his debut for the senior side aged just 17 and also lined out for Erin’s Isle before going on to enjoy coaching spells at a string of clubs.
While speaking to GazetteSport, it became quite clear that Ward was very happy with his new position and looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“I’m delighted. I see them as being a real contender in Dublin. They are a huge club with a serious tradition.”
Ward openly admits that he was more focused on other things to see much of Sars during its fourth from bottom finish in AFL Division 1 this year after gaining promotion the year before, but he knows that the team are capable of beating the best on its day.
“To be honest, I haven’t seen much of them recently but I’ve had a good luck at the results and they’ve been up and down but capable of getting big results.
“What I’ll be hoping for is to get a bit more consistency running through that.
“A lot of the same players will be there again next year with maybe one or two additions and hopefully there will be a bit of continuity in terms of coaching staff as well. I will certainly be talking to Sean McCaffrey, a man who I have a lot of respect for.”
When asked about the qualities Ward believes he will bring to table at Sarsfields, he was quick to point to his impressive CV.
“I have a strong background in strength and conditioning so I would hope to bring that to bear on the team.
“Not that it wasn’t there previously but I should be able to integrate that into our sessions so that will probably be a positive thing.”
One place that everyone at Sarsfields will hope Ward can make a key difference is the side’s championship run.
“They have exited the competition at the quarter final stage for the last three years, with the last two coming at the hands of current champions St Vincent’s, the other to Ballyboden St Enda’s.
“[The championship] will certainly be an aim because if you are not moving forward you are stagnating.
“I will be certainly looking at us getting to the last four of the championship this year.”

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