Carlow senior footballer Seán Gannon is excited about the 2021 inter-county season and believes that Carlow can promote from Division 4 of this year’s Allianz Football League.
Gannon, who is a coach for the Carlow GAA Primary School Coaching Initiative said that preparations for the 2021 season have already begun despite the fact that the team have been unable to train due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have individual programmes that were given to us by Niall (Carew, manager of Carlow) and the management team. We train six days a week and get one day off,” said Gannon.
The Carlow and Éire Óg forward heaped praise on Niall Carew and his backroom team. Gannon feels that the offensive style of play implemented by Carew has rejuvenated the squad and allows the players to express themselves more than they could in previous years.
“The new management wanted to change the style and it’s been great.
“I really enjoy my football now and I know that a lot of the lads do as well. It has been a breath of fresh air.”
Gannon, who is a Games Development Coach with Leinster GAA, also agreed with his compatriot Darragh Foley regarding Carlow’s stance on this year’s National League.
“We can’t continue to stay in Division 4 and progress. Our main aim, our only aim, is to get out of Division 4.”
Carlow legend Gannon has also been coaching football to primary school students recently as part of the Carlow GAA Primary School Coaching Initiative, something which has been a rewarding experience not just for the students, but also for himself and the other coaches involved with the initiative.
“We’re doing online classes to help promote GAA in the county. It’s just a way of giving back to the schools and keeping in touch with everyone. It has been great so far.”