New Wicklow manager Davy Burke says he'd have no issue recruiting Dublin-based players with a connection to the Garden County if they were interested in playing inter-county football. 

Burke arrives in Wicklow with the side still mired in Division 4, their habitat ever since their most recent relegation in 2013. 

The Kildare native is optimistic about the youthful talent coming through in Wicklow, citing the competitive teams at underage grades in recent years. 

However, he is also open to picking up players from outside with Wicklow connections, noting in passing the success of Listowel-born Conor Cox with the Roscommon footballers in 2019.

Given Wicklow's proximity to the capital, the Dublin senior championship is an obvious source of potential recruits. 

His predecessor John Evans drafted in Oisin Manning and David Devereux, two Dubs with Wicklow family connections, who featured throughout the 2019 league and championship campaigns. Burke told Game On on RTÉ 2fm that they are currently in contact with a couple more players from the capital's club scene. 

"There are two guys who've come down last year, Oisin Manning was playing for St Jude's and Davy Devereaux was playing for (Ballinteer) St John's. So, them two guys are there

"And there are one or two more who we've been in contact with and will be in contact with over the next couple of weeks. Now, I don't want any more county managers on the phone tonight!

"Even Colly Basquel for Ballyboden last weekend. I know he decided to go to the States but my God, he's some footballer and he doesn't seem to be in the Dublin 26. 

"You've Conor Cox in Roscommon, there's a Wicklow guy Thomas Kearns playing midfield for East Kerry in the club championship down there. 

"If you want to play county football and you have a connection, I don't see anything wrong with it."

"I don't need a magic wand. Positivity is an excellent tool."

Late last month, Burke guided Sarsfields to the Kildare SFC title and he will for the time being combine the dual roles of preparing Wicklow for 2020 and overseeing the Kildare champions' Leinster campaign. 

He drew some comparisons between taking the Sarsfields job and arriving into the Wicklow post, saying a similar air of negativity was pervasive among each set of supporters. 

Burke, however, says he revels in the challenge of turning this around, saying a 'magic wand' is not required, merely an infusion of positivity. 

"Wicklow have had some very, very good young guys coming through the last couple of years. The last couple of Under-17s and Under-20s have been very, very competitive.

"I think Division 4 is there (to be won). It's a competition that all teams would probably fancy themselves in. I don't think you can say that about every other division, I don't think every team is in with a squeak in every other division. 

"It was a similar thing going to Sarsfields in Kildare, people were saying 'ah, you can't manage them lads'. A lot of negativity, negativity, negativity. I love that environment, I love to turn these things around, I thrive on that type of stuff.

"Even in my first time down in Wicklow, one of the stewards said to me 'I hope you've a magic wand'. But I don't need a magic wand. Positivity is an excellent tool.

"If you keep getting told you're no good and you're brutal, you're going to be brutal, aren't you? I'll be telling them the opposite and working them hard behind the scenes."