Dicky Happy to be Back in the Swing of Things
After three months without football, Dundalk winger Daniel Kelly is delighted to be involved in the cut and thrust of contact training again.
The Lilywhites squad rounded off their third week back with a short, and very competitive, 11 v 11 game on Friday afternoon and speaking to dundalkfc.com afterwards, ‘Dicky’ said it was nice to be back in the groove.
“The first couple of weeks back were strange,” he said. “I think every club in the world was in the same boat and would have found it hard getting back into the swing of things.
“There were different precautions and you had to keep two meters apart but now we’re back in full contact training and it has been great.
“This week has been very good and the 11 v 11 game at the end of it was very intense. When you look at the squad, it’s very strong, and we even had subs!
“We have a huge squad but last year we had some bad luck with injuries so the big numbers will be helpful, especially when Europe comes around.”
Friday also brought the curtain down on new assistant manager Alan Reynolds’s first week on the training ground with the players and Kelly said he was impressed by the former Waterford manager’s methods.
“I would have spoken to Alan a few times before he came to the club and he’s a really nice fella,” said Kelly. “We heard he was a really good coach and we’ve all seen that this week.
“Ruaidhri Higgins was a big loss but Alan is an absolutely perfect fit for Dundalk and he has been really good with us, a real breath of fresh air.”
Kelly went home at the weekend with a nice pair of high-end Sony headphones tucked under his arm after winning a players shootout, sponsored by Lally’s Electrical, at the end of the session on Friday.
First up, the winger found the top corner of the net but he was given an almighty scare by strength and conditioning coach Graham ‘Knuckleball’ Norton who looked to have forced a play-off with his last-gasp effort!
“I thought I was home and hosed and then Graham stepped up with his knuckleball,” laughed Kelly. “Thankfully, he agreed that I could go home with them!”