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Wexford FC is delighted to announce Jason Goodison as Wexford FC U15 Manager for the 2020 season. Jason started out as a coach with our U15s in 2017 (the inaugural U15 League of Ireland season) under then Manager Billy Molloy. In 2018 he moved with Billy up to the U17s and spent two seasons there as assistant coach before taking up the U15 Managers role for 2020. Last year's U15 Manager Mark Doran will take charge of the U17s this season.

Living just minutes away from Ferrycarrig Park, Jason has followed the club since it's inception in 2007 as Wexford Youths. He graduated from Waterford IT with a BSc in Sports Coaching and Performance (halfway through the course he spent time at Norwich City with an internship placement) before joining Wexford FC as an assistant coach with our U15s three years ago.

We spoke with Jason about the challenge ahead in his new role as Manager (you can check out an in depth video interview with Jason on our YouTube channel by clicking the link below) and began by asking how many players from last year's Shield winning U15 squad he has to work with for the new season:

"There's only two players from last year's squad, Brandon Rossiter and Conor Maher. It's great to have them on board but apart from that it's a new build. There will be some guys coming up from the U13s last year but it's bringing it up another level again so it's going to take some time for those guys to get used to it. We started working on the new squad in the middle of November and before that we did a lot of scouting to get a good idea of what type of players are around. We're close to having our squad together now, just a few positions need to be filled so we're quite happy with that."

Having seen a number of academy players (Brody Murphy, Liam Berry for eg.) make it into Brian O'Sullivan's first team squad last year Jason is confident that plenty more talented young players will follow in the coming seasons at Ferrycarrig Park:

"For clubs like us who aren't blessed with wads of money to go out and buy players the under age structure is even more important. Can we develop players so that they are able to play not only at their age group but in 3 or 4 years time they'll be able to play at senior level too? That has to be our goal and that's what we all work towards. We've strong U15, U17 and U19 teams coming through and I think you'll see the hard work been done in the academy level bear fruit on the first team pitch and that will be great for everyone around here."

"Right now I'm really excited to start pre-season, getting in here on the 20th January with the team, working hard and getting them ready to go in March. There's still a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do." 

The new U15 League of Ireland season kicks off in March.

Jason with Billy Molloy and the U17s last season.

 

You can check out our extended interview with Jason below:

 

 

 

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