Two quick updates to report on – my thanks to Hop it for mentioning them both in the comments.
The first bit of additional news is that details of the full squad that’ll be involved in the FBD (all 26 of them) have now been released – here. As well as the fifteen named to start against Leitrim on Sunday, the squad also includes the following eleven players: Kenneth O’Malley (Ballinrobe), Alan Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), David Killeen (Ballinrobe), Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber), James McAndrew (Kilcommon), Ruarí O’Connor (Ballintubber), James Burke (Dublin), Andrew Farrell (Killala), Mark Ronaldson (Shrule-Glencorrib), Enda Varley (Garrymore) and Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber). We can expect to see all of these in action at some point over the next few weeks.
The second piece of news (which confirms what I’d heard last week) is that the FBD match scheduled for the weekend after next – against GMIT – has now been switched from Ballinrobe to Castlebar, with throw-in set for 7.30 pm at McHale Park on the evening of Saturday the 15th. Midwest have confirmation of the change in date and the reason given in this report is the same as the one that I’d heard, i.e. that it’s to provide the opportunity to have a test-run of holding a match under floodlights at the venue ahead of the high-profile NFL opener against Down on the evening of February 5th. Sounds like a sensible plan to me.