Filippo Giovagnoli says his backroom team is now complete following the appointments of new goalkeeping coach Graham Byas and new club doctor Dualtach Mac Colgáin by the club last week.

As first revealed by The Argus a week ago, Byas comes in to replace Steve Williams as goalkeeping coach having most recently worked with Shamrock Rovers II and the Rovers academy sides at Roadstone.

Mac Colgáin, who holds a BSc and an MSc in Sports Medicine, has worked with the Meath GAA senior team for the past couple of seasons and replaces David Connolly who stepped down from the role last month.

The article as it appeared in The Argus on February 16th 2021

The arrival of Byas was particularly welcome given the club had struggled to identify a UEFA A licensed goalkeeping coach in recent months, something which is a requirement for licensing purposes.

Speaking about the Dubliner, who has also worked with Longford Town, St Patrick’s Athletic and the Irish amputee and cerebral palsy squads, Giovagnoli said: “We interviewed a few profiles and Graham was the one that hit more of our objectives.

“We were happy with the way that he was proposing his job and the way that he can see the goalkeepers and how he wants to develop them. He has a good structure in his job. He is organised and it was a good pick for us. He is doing really well and we’re happy with what we’ve seen up until now.”

He added: “With the staff we are complete so we’ve not got a problem any more now that the doctor is in.

“We’re in a good spot now. We are working on some ideas already among our staff on how to use them as best we can but we are almost there.”

Shane Keegan, who will now have the title of Team Operations Manager, will continue to provide opposition analysis for the foreseeable future with clubs unable to travel to games.

Another new addition over the off season is sports scientist Lorcan Mason, who also joined from Shamrock Rovers.

On the 23-year-old, Giovagnoli said: “He’s a very good guy and a really hard worker. We really like him. He’s a really good person and a very good professional. He’s a perfectionist and the work that he is doing together with Graham Norton is a big, big thing.”