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Baldwin will cast his net wide to get Fermanagh on the front foot

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By John Campbell

Joe Baldwin has held the reins in Down, Antrim and Derry in a camogie context but now he is gearing up for what he views as his biggest sporting challenge.

He has just been appointed as the new Fermanagh hurling manager and his priority will be to try and steer the side out of Division 3B of the Allianz League.

Baldwin's enthusiasm and commitment are such that he intends to dedicate himself completely to the task, and within 24 hours of having been ratified in the post he was putting out feelers to players who he believes could make a significant contribution to Fermanagh's welfare.

"There are a number of Fermanagh players with clubs in other counties, and I would like, if possible, to get them under the Erne banner again," explains Baldwin.

"Obviously with Lisbellaw being the only senior club in the county, players are not going to get much exposure to top-level action, but I think that there is still a level of talent that would hold out hope for the future."

Baldwin succeeds John Duffy, whose son could be in his squad, and as he prepares to cast his net wide, new faces are expected to get their chance.

"I know that Division 3B and the Lory Meagher Cup are maybe not the most fashionable competitions but we are where we are," he adds.

"The incentive is there for us to try and step up, and this will be my aim."

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