IRISH LEAGUE: Andy Waterworth hoping to hone skills under new boss David Healy

Andy Waterworth
Andy Waterworth

Andy Waterworth hopes he can continue honing his sharp-shooting skills under the watchful eye of new manager David Healy.

Healy – Northern Ireland’s record goalscorer – was confirmed as Warren Feeney’s successor last week.

Waterworth admits he benefitted from working under former international striker Feeney.

And he hopes the arrival of Healy will be another valuable source of information to glean from.

“When Warren was in charge, he was very good with me and we built up a great relationship. Warren is another former international striker, so you always learn off someone like that. It’s always beneficial,” said Waterworth – who has scored 12 Premiership goals in 11 outings this season.

“On the training pitch, it’s great to pick the manager’s brain. I have always looked up to David and studied his game.

“When a player has that kind of status, you listen and learn. It’s a bit like watching Gary Neville on Monday Night Football. You know he has lived what he says.

“The new manager has already offered me some constructive criticism and advice. It’s early days, but you can see already the bits and pieces he wants from me.”

* Andy Waterworth and Crusaders winger Michael Carvill run the Carvill Waterworth Football Academy which is holding a player development centre for children aged 6 to 16 at Assumption Grammar School in Ballynahinch on Friday evening from 6-7pm.