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Clarkin Departs, Norton Joins

First Team News
// 8 Apr 2019

Dundalk FC can confirm the appointment of Strength and Conditioning Coach, Graham Norton, to replace the departing Eoin Clarkin, who has left the club to pursue a new role in England.

Norton joins the club effective immediately, having most recently worked with Bohemian FC and Castleknock GAA.

Clarkin spent one year at Oriel Park and played an instrumental role in the club winning the double. Everyone at Dundalk FC wishes Eoin the best in his new role.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com, Head Coach Vinny Perth explained: “Eoin played a significant role in creating an improved culture of professionalism at the club over the past year, and was a vital part of our backroom staff. His work during pre-season saw us begin the league campaign in excellent physical shape and we will benefit from his work during the course of the season. Eoin has been presented with an opportunity that was too good to turn down, and we totally understand his reasons for wanting to move on. He helped us win the double in his first season at the club, an excellent return for a great person. We all wish Eoin luck and he will be a welcome visitor to Oriel Park whenever he is able to return for a game.”

On the appointment of Norton, Perth added: “Graham has an excellent CV and will be a fantastic addition to our staff as Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has worked in the League Of Ireland recently with Bohemian FC and St Patrick’s Athletic, and brings with him five years experience working with athletes. I am convinced we have found the right person to maintain the high standards that have been set at the club up until this point, and taking us on to new heights.”

On his departure, Clarkin admitted he leaves with a heavy heart but will remain a supporter of Dundalk FC: “I would like to thank Stephen Kenny for bringing me here, Vinny Perth for having continued faith in me, and everyone else at the club for the opportunity given to me at Dundalk FC. It has been an absolute honour for me to work with the most successful club in the country. I would like to wish all the players and staff the very best in the rest of the season. Dundalk FC will always stay close to my heart and I look forward to coming back to Oriel Park as a fan.”