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Waterford FC U19 midfielder Eddie Black, who joined from Bunclody FC and has the experience for playing in the League of Ireland Under 17 League with both Bray Wanderers and Wexford Youths, is looking forward to the new U19 season which kicks off today.

“It’s never easy leaving one club to go to another but I think it’s twice as difficult when you’re leaving your home town to join one of their biggest rivals.

“It’s exciting times in Waterford and when I found out that the club were interested in me joining this year I thought it was time for a new challenge. We have been training hard over the last couple of weeks and it’s been enjoyable as well.

“I think that the squad is in good shape as we had some tough games in pre-season that’s sure to put us in good stead ahead of the opening game against Galway. We’re looking forward to that game and we all can’t wait to get started in the league.

“I’ve found it very enjoyable since I got here and I think that both David (Breen) and Paul (Cashin) have gelled us together pretty well to be honest. Training has been intense and the pre-season games that we played were also very tough.

“We are starting to see a good bond between the players in training and we’ll be hoping that we can bring that to the table in the first game against Galway. I think what convinced me to come here this year was how the club done in the Under-17 league last year.

“Waterford and my home town Wexford would be rivals but the way Waterford went last season made me want to come up and down every week. I suppose the fans will see me as a hard-working midfield player but I hope that they don’t expect to see too many goals from me!

“David Breen was a great player with Waterford in the past and was involved in Wexford Youths last season so I know what to expect from him.

“We know that the trip to Galway won’t be an easy task but our aim would be to travel up there in the hope of getting off to a winning start. We have worked during pre-season and we’re now just hoping that things go right for us on the day.

“I think that we can certainly challenge for the league title this year. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be competitive as we have the players in our squad but for now we’ll take one game at a time. It’s Galway first and we’re all focused on achieving our goal in that game.”

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