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Ulster's Bradley and Doherty tipped to point way to Erne success

 

By John Campbell

One of Ulster's top young players has put his ambitions of pursuing success at county level on the back burner for a year to focus on serving his club.

And Enniskillen Gaels youthful dynamo Ronan Beattie believes that a Fermanagh county board initiative could prove the springboard for the development of a raft of new young players.

He hails the decision of the county's GAA chiefs to bring in Killyclogher man Eoin Bradley and Kinawley dynamo Shaun Doherty as coaches to specifically work with young players in the county.

Doherty scored the equalising point for Fermanagh in the 2008 Ulster final against Armagh but it was the Orchard County who won the replay.

Beattie, who was Player of the Tournament in the Ulster Club Minor competition hosted by St Paul's in December, is one of a growing number of players who find themselves in an 'in between' situation - too old to represent their counties at the new U17 level and too young for the equally new U20 sector.

Rather than don the green of Fermanagh, Beattie will join what is thought to be a sizeable number of other players from throughout the province who will seek to hone their skills further at club level for perhaps a year.

"I think by turning out for my club it will help hone my skills further, and I feel that players like myself can maybe grow in belief which will prepare us better for county football at whatever level," points out Beattie. "I believe in Fermanagh we have the players to go places but we just need the belief. You don't get that by rushing things."

He believes that players will now get an invaluable opportunity to improve their game under the watchful eye of the dedicated duo.

"Eoin and Sean are working with all the boys in the colleges and other players who are coming through in the Fermanagh development squad. They are having a big influence," he adds.

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