The addition of former Longford centre-back Enda Williams to the Leitrim panel has been warmly welcomed by joint manager Brian Breen, who highlighted the Clonguish clubman’s leadership qualities last Sunday ahead of his transfer to the Green & Gold.
Williams, whose transfer has to be formally rubber-stamped, is an experienced campaigner with Longford and speaking after the loss to Wicklow last Sunday, Brian highlighted the benefit of Williams’ experience for a young Leitrim set-up.
“Enda is an experienced footballer, he has quality and is a proven inter-county footballer and we’re delighted that he had come to us,” said Brian, “Enda is a leader, he has proven that with Longford and even with him in training so far, he has shown that quality as well.
“He has a little bit of work to do to build up on his fitness but he’ll work on that, he had identified his areas and we’ll be looking to introduce him into the team as soon as possible.”
Williams’ transfer couldn’t have come at a better time with such a turn-over of players in recent years – “If you look at it, it is frightening to know the actual figure of how many fellows from the panel last year that we are down this year, it is frightening to even know. It is ten or 12 or 14 but to get one in is a bonus.
“Naturally enough, with all the new guys coming in, it is hard to find natural leaders on the field, they just don’t grow over-night. There are leaders there and there are fellows showing leadership but they probably just aren’t enough of them.”
One thing Williams is assured of is a warm welcome, with Breen joking that a few more might join Williams in the Green & Gold - “We’ll be looking forward to working with him and having him on board but we need him and if we can find a few more fellows, we’ll be doing well.”