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Sunday 25 June 2017

New sponsor should boost profile - Magee

Wicklow players (l-r) Stephen Kelly, Ross O’Brien and John McGrath at the Wicklow GAA new jersey sponsor announcement Picture: Sportsfile
Wicklow players (l-r) Stephen Kelly, Ross O’Brien and John McGrath at the Wicklow GAA new jersey sponsor announcement Picture: Sportsfile

Johnny Magee says he would "have no problem" with Dublin footballlers with Wicklow links coming into his panel, though convincing the best natives to line out for the county remains his priority, writes Conor McKeon.

Speaking at the announcement of Wicklow's new sponsorship deal with heating company Joule, the former Dublin defender admitted: "If there was any of their parents that were from Wicklow, obviously you'd entertain it.

"The thing is," he added, "there's good footballers in Wicklow, it's just trying to get them all out on the field."

The Wicklow senior, under-21 and junior teams will wear the company logo on their jerseys for the next three years while the county grounds in Aughrim will be renamed Joule Park Aughrim as part of the deal.

Magee admitted "getting the sponsor in was crucial, it adds to what we're trying to do.

"You're able to say, 'there's a new sponsor, a new jersey, the naming of Aughrim'. Players notice these days, young lads coming through notice these things but they're aware of what others in supposedly top counties are getting.

"So you're trying to give them what all the best players are getting. That's the aim, to make it as fair and as achievable as those guys."

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