After rotating the title amongst a number of senior players this year, James Horan has now handed the captain’s armband to Ballaghadereen’s Andy Moran for the remainder of 2012. The Mayo News broke the story today and the same paper also carries an exclusive interview with the newly-appointed Mayo skipper.
Andy will be a popular choice as captain and it’s obvious that he’s a natural leader on the pitch. He was vice-captain last year – Ballina Stephenites’ David Clarke has been handed that role this year – and his excellent form in 2012, which culminated in a richly-deserved All-Star award, marked him out then as one of our real key men.
At 28, Andy – who, by my reckoning, first appeared for the senior team while still in his teens in a league match against Down up in Newcastle way back in February 2003 – is now a highly experienced and consistently effective player on the inter-county scene. Having recovered well from a broken leg suffered last autumn, another big year is now expected from the Ballagh man.
You get the feeling that, with that happy-go-lucky demeanour he always tends to project, the Mayo captaincy is a responsibility Andy will bear lightly while using it to bring the best out of those around him. In that sense, he’s the perfect choice for the job. Best of luck with it, Andy.