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I can’t say I was taken aback at yesterday morning’s announcement that Cillian O’Connor has been appointed captain of the Mayo senior football team for this year. Ever since he first appeared on the scene, Cillian has been one of the leading figures within the squad and it was only a matter of time before the honour of team captain was bestowed on him. I think it makes perfect sense to give that role to him now.
It won’t, of course, be the first time that the Ballintubber man has captained his county in big championship matches at Croke Park. Back in 2010, Cillian was skipper of the county minors, a team that won the Connacht title and then overcame Offaly in the All-Ireland quarter-final before losing out to Tyrone at the semi-final stage.
At the risk of jumping too far ahead as regards the tests that await us at senior level this year, there’s a chance that we could end up crossing swords with the O’Neill County at a similar stage in this year’s championship. If this happens, you can be certain that Cillian will want to ensure that the team he leads to be the ones that come out on top. Indeed, I’d say coming out on top in every match the team plays will be his focus during his time as on-field head honcho.
Best of luck to Cillian in his role as captain this summer and good luck too to the team he’ll lead out in this year’s championship.
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