Westmeath potential excites Quaid

September 14, 2018

Joe Quaid during his time as Kildare boss.
©INPHO/Tommy Grealy.

Joe Quaid says he's looking forward to helping Westmeath fulfil their potential following his appointment as the county's new senior hurling manager last night.

The former Limerick goalkeeper takes charge of the Lake County after three years with Kildare, whom he guided to Christy Ring Cup success earlier this year. Johnny Greville, who was one of five candidates interviewed for the role, will double up as a senior selector and U20 manager.

“During my time at Kildare I got to know Westmeath hurling better than I had from a Limerick perspective," Quaid told the Westmeath GAA website.

“The one thing that always struck me was the level of hurlers that was in Westmeath. We always had good battles with them. I always thought there was potential there. I felt this year I won the Christy Ring with Kildare; the Westmeath job was up for grabs.

“I suppose timing is everything in life. I said I’d throw my hat into the ring for it.

“I’m delighted to get it because they are a team with potential but won nothing. I’m hoping to change that over the next couple of years. That Westmeath are no longer a team with potential.”

Quaid has already taken in a number of club games in the Lake County and says he's looking for players with "phenomenal work-rate".

"Looking at the last round of championship, there are guys who have put their hands up work-rate wise. We want to develop everyone," he continued.

"Every player that comes into the panel needs to work really hard because we are going to put in the work. If everyone is willing to row in the one direction, I think we'll have a really good set-up."

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