The Mayo News reports today (paper and digital editions) that Stephen Rochford has issued invitations to a number of players to join what is described as “an extended county squad”. Mike Finnerty reports in the piece that in total around a dozen players have received these invitations, as have every one of the 2015 championship panel.
Back into the fold as part of this process come Ballintubber’s Jason Gibbons, Knockmore’s Shane McHale and Cathal Carolan from Crossmolina, all of whom have had injury problems over the last 12-18 months. None of the three were in this year’s championship panel but all of them have plenty of experience under their belts and so it’s great to see they’ve got the call-up to return to the fray.
New names mentioned in the same piece who have also been invited into the squad include Castlebar Mitchels trio Donal Newcombe, Ger McDonagh and Eoghan O’Reilly (the latter having featured a good few times for us in the FBD in the past), as well as Shane Nally and Caolan Crowe of Garrymore, Padraig O’Hora of Ballina Stephenites and Aghamore’s dual player David Kenny.
Best of luck to all those who’ve got the call-up ahead of the new season.