CHARLIE O’Kane is only too well aware of the challenge that lies ahead for him, Jody Wilson and Mark Quigley, after the County Derry trio were appointed as Strabane Sigersons new management team for the 2018 season.
The north Tyrone side were relegated from the top flight at the end of last season, but having seen flashes of promise, including Sigersons win at county champions, Omagh St Enda’s, the Banagher man believes he has plenty to work with at Pairc Mhic Sioghair.
And with a wealth of coaching experience between the trio – O’Kane and Quigley guided Limavady Wolfhounds GAC to a Derry Junior Championship title, and O’Kane has coached within the Derry county set-up for many years – they feel they can offer the guidance necessary for the Strabane side to find a greater level of consistency in 2018,
However, while he has already identified the potential within the Strabane ranks, which will make them one of the favourites for promotion this season, he has already thrown down the gauntlet to his new charges, saying any on field success will be down to them.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and it will be that because they were relegated last year. They went to Omagh and won, but after that it seemed to go down hill so it will be a matter of getting them more focused on what they have to do,” observed the former Limavady coach, who has also been heavily involved in the Derry minor set-up.
“I was in Tyrone before with Glenelly and I remember Strabane from that time and people have been telling me they are a good football team but they just need a bit of guidance and experience and we can give them that.
“But it’s all about the players, they have to want to do it, they have to do it. No one can do it for them and we know it will be a hard league to win, but they have to want it,” he concluded.
O’Kane, Wilson and Quigley were appointed on Wednesday of last week and they took their new squad for training last night (Wednesday).