Plunkett assembles Laois backroom team

New Laois senior hurling manager Seamus Plunkett has reportedly put together a strong backroom team for his first season at the helm.

According to the Leinster Express, Ger Cunningham, a namesake of the former Cork goalkeeper, has come on board as technical coach and Damien Culliton from Camross is the second selector involved.

Cunningham, who hails from Knockainey in Limerick, is well known in Munster hurling circles. He coached Cork's Newtownshandrum to All-Ireland club glory in 2004 and also had county Championship success in Tipperary with Thurles Sarsfields.

His coaching CV includes spells with the Limerick senior and minor hurling teams and the University of Limerick where he currently works. He led UL to their fourth ever Fitzgibbon Cup title in 2011.

Plunkett also has strength and conditioning back-up from the National Athlete Development Academy, the Blanchardstown-based company that is building quite a reputation in working with GAA teams including Leinster football champions Dublin.

The new O'Moore boss brought his panel of players together last weekend as they build towards their seasonal opener against UCD in the Walsh Cup on Sunday week. In addition they underwent fitness tests, conducted by NADA, and had injuries assessed.

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