Rugby star Andy Ward becomes fitness coach at Antrim

Andy Ward
Andy Ward has joined the backroom staff at Antrim's GAA team

Former Ulster rugby star Andy Ward has been appointed fitness coach for Antrim's Gaelic football team.

Former Derry player Paul McFlynn and ex-Antrim man Gearoid Adams are the other additions to Liam Bradley's backroom team for the 2012 season.

They replace Paddy McNeill and Niall Conway in the Saffrons set-up.

"Andy's experience in professional rugby will be a great boost for Antrim," manager Bradley told the county's website.

"We are delighted to have him on board.

"Gearoid Adams needs no introduction to Antrim followers, having played for the team with great pride for many years.

"Paul McFlynn played for Derry in the late 1990s and into the 2000s. He has worked with some of the greatest figures the game has seen in Eamon Coleman, John Brennan, Brian Mullins and Malachy O'Rourke.

"He has good experience in college football too."

Adams is currently managing his club's senior team at St John's.

New Zealand-born Ward, who runs his own fitness centre in Ballynahinch, won 28 caps for Ireland.

Next year, former Derry selector Bradley will enter his fourth season as manager of Antrim.

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