Anthony Cunningham "brings a freshness" to the Laois squad according to their manager

The former Galway hurling boss has joined the county as a coach

Anthony Cunningham "brings a freshness" to the Laois squad according to their manager

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Laois manager Mick Lillis has praised the impact Anthony Cunningham has brought to his squad since joining as a coach.

Cunningham led Galway to an All-Ireland Hurling final last year before resigning in November, following player pressure. The Galway native led Roscommon's St. Brigid's and Westmeath's Garrycastle to provincial honours in the All-Ireland Football Club Championships before taking charge of Galway's hurlers.

Cunningham has a successful spell in football when managing Garrycastle and St. Brigid's. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

"He was with us on a training camp a few weeks ago in Breaffy House and after that, it went from there. He brings a freshness to the whole thing, which is what we wanted. He’s well-motivated, he’s a good guy and has great experience That was the first time I met him. I would have known him from a distance and by reputation but wouldn’t have had any contact previously. He wouldn’t have known me either", Lillis told RTE.

Laois begin their Championship campaign in under a fortnight's time against Wicklow in Portlaoise. Lillis hopes that Cunningham will add a new level to the Laois squad in the coming weeks. "He’s well-motivated, he’s a good guy and has great experience."

After being relegated to Division 3 earlier this year Laois are hoping for a successful run in the Championship. A win over Wicklow will see the team face Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final on June 4th in Kilkenny.