THE YOUNG Davitt Walsh grew up knowing a winning way at Fanad United and wants to restore the glory years at Triagh-A-Locha.
The rebuilding job won’t be completed overnight, but the 30-year-old is determined to see the club rise again.
The 14 times Ulster Senior League champions and twice Intermediate Cup winners haven’t managed to win the USL since 2011, but it’s small steps on the way back.
Arthur Lynch is again at the helm this season and has added the experience of Matthew Crossan from Finn Harps as well as Gary Gorman and Kieran Gorman, while Seamie ‘Nanny’ Friel returns to the red and black stripes again.[adrotate group=”38″]
“We’re trying to get back established at where we think we belong: Back at the top of Donegal soccer. The whole club has been busy. It will take time,” Walsh told Donegal Sport Hub.
Picture caption: Fanad United player Davitt Walsh. Picture by Geraldine Diver.
“I tasted success here as a young fella. I know what the club is all about. We want to get Fanad back again. That’s why we’re working so hard.[adrotate group=”46″]
“You have to have that level you want to reach and we want Fanad back at the top of the tree.”
Fanad’s make-up, with the exception of the likes of Walsh and Marty McAteer, has been one of youth in the last couple of seasons, but former senior player Walsh believes the new recruits will add a little of the missing craft.
He said: “The year will really have brought the young players on. It’s tough to go and play against men. We have most of the squad kept on from last year and last year will have stood to them.
“We didn’t really get going until the end of the season last year. We were more competitive at the end.
“The likes of Cockhill and Letterkenny have serious experience. You need that bit of craft and experience. Hopefully we’ll have that this season.”
Listen to the full interview below…