The Mayo News today (print and digital editions) has some early intelligence on who may or may not be in the frame to start in Sunday’s League Division One opener against Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney (throw-in 2pm).
According to Mike Finnerty’s preview in the paper, new team captain Keith Higgins, as well as Aidan O’Shea and Michael Conroy all took part in the senior squad’s training session last weekend and you’d have to expect that all three will be named to start in the team for Sunday. Ger Cafferkey is on the mend and could make the starting fifteen for Killarney too but this is far from certain.
There’s a fair old list of players who are doubtful for the League opener, including Tom Cunniffe, Andy Moran and Alan Dillon (with management having previously said that Andy and Alan won’t feature in the early rounds of the League), as well as Tom Parsons (out for another four weeks, according to reports), Patrick Durcan, Diarmuid O’Connor and Danny Kirby (who, of course, has yet to play for the county under the new regime).
The side for Sunday is due to be announced on Thursday evening.
This week’s Mayo News has a feature article by Mike Finnerty ahead of the League campaign (here) and the paper has also unveiled Billy Joe Padden as a columnist. On the basis of his first offering this week, BJ will be a good addition to their ranks and his piece in the paper is well worth a proper look.