Former Olympian added to Offaly hurling backroom team

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Former Olympian added to Offaly hurling backroom team

Former Olympian added to Offaly hurling backroom team

Former Olympic athlete David Matthews has been added to the Offaly senior hurling coaching fold by manager Kevin Martin.

The Kildare man has confirmed that he had taken over the county hurlers' fitness programme having previously served in a coaching capacity with the Cork senior hurlers back in 2011. 

He said: "I'm delighted to be added to Offaly's backroom team."

Matthews represented Ireland at the 1996 Olympic Games, reaching the semi-final of the 800m event. He was an 800m specialised but also plied his trade at 1,500m. 

Matthews has been joined by sports psychologist Ann-Marie Kennedy who has also been added to the misfiring Offaly set-up. 

Offaly have failed to record a win in this year's Allianz League, slumping to defeats against Waterford, Galway, Laois and Dublin, consigning themselves to an inevitable relegation play-off, despite one remaining regular-season league game against Carlow.

They will be hoping for better fortune as they aim towards the summer and the Joe McDonagh Cup where they will try to earn a place back in the Leinster Championship proper for 2020.