As you know, the senior panel was supposed to be “trimmed” down to 32 players following the squad’s return from Portugal last week. However, as Mike Finnerty reports in the Mayo News today (paper and digital versions), those plans have now been put on hold due to injuries within the squad.
As the paper reports, Evan Regan’s unfortunate collarbone break is one of these but Michael Conroy is also out of action with an Achilles problem which has been troubling him for some time. Chris Barrett and Cillian O’Connor remain sidelined too but Mike reports that both of them are due back in action inside the next few weeks. The news isn’t as good, though, in relation to Jason Gibbons and Darren McHugh, who, according to County board PRO Aiden McLoughlin, aren’t currently part of the panel because of the injuries they’re carrying.
It’s no surprise, then, to learn that Conor Loftus – who took part in the recent training camp in Portugal – has now been given his formal call-up papers and is set to be a member of the senior squad for the championship. Best of luck to him.
In that Mayo News piece, Aiden McLoughlin stressed that the composition of the panel remains open-ended and that eye-catching form at club level could well open the door to a place in the senior squad for the summer. Darren Coen’s impressive 1-12 for Hollymount/Carramore (1-6 from play) in their senior League win over Knockmore last weekend will, one assumes, have been duly noted in this regard.
A report on that game as well as all the other SFL matches played last weekend is, by the way, contained in this week’s Mayo News where you’ll also find an update on the senior academy, a feature on Tommy O’Malley and loads more besides. And that’s only the sports supplement!