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A fresh pair of eyes is something that every manager will want from their assistant coach and that is exactly what Graham Kelly is getting at DLR Waves.

In John Sullivan, he has found a rookie coach who is eager to learn, willing to listen and determined to make an impact. It is those traits that mark the former League of Ireland player out as the ideal assistant coach.

DLR also have the excellent Darragh O'Reilly, the capable Colum Tinsley and the enthusiastic Aoibh Hall as part of their coaching staff, which is a good support network for Kelly to rely on.

However, it is Sullivan who has been promoted as his right-hand man and it's easy to see why when you spend even a short amount of time in his company. The Dubliner exudes positivity and has a drive to help everyone be the best that they can be.

Perhaps that comes from his job as a personal trainer or the fact that he played for seven different clubs at an elite level, while also earning underage caps with the Republic of Ireland. There is clearly a fire burning inside of him to constantly strive for improvement.

Since linking up with DLR, Sullivan has brought an extra edge to their training. Players speak about his desire to raise standards and to be the hardest working person on the pitch - and it's that type of encouragement that they need.

The Dublin-based outfit take on Athlone Town this weekend, hoping to clinch their second win of the season, and the aim will be to finish top of Group 2. If they are to achieve that then the likes of Sullivan will have a big role to play - albeit from the sidelines.