From what I know, there’s no definite confirmation about this development as yet, in the same way that there’s been no public announcement to date about the panel for this year’s championship.
If Ronan is back to full fitness then he’s obviously a welcome addition to the squad for the summer. Midfield has been a real problem area for us so far this year and while this can largely be attributed to injuries and suspensions (both, in Aidan O’Shea’s case) this isn’t the whole story.
Since the beginning of the league we’ve started six different players at centrefield – Seamus O’Shea, Pat Harte, Barry Moran, Aidan O’Shea, Danny Geraghty and Jason Gibbons – and, using this sextet, we’ve tried out six different midfield pairings. First it was Seamus O’Shea and Pat Harte (against Laois), then Barry Moran and Aidan O’Shea (the abandoned Dublin match, the Armagh game and the Cork one), then it was Seamus and big Barry (Donegal and Cork), followed by Aidan and Danny Geraghty (Dublin), Aidan and Jason Gibbons (Kerry) and finally Barry and Jason (league semi-final and final).
That’s a huge amount of chopping and changing over the course of just nine games, at the end of which we’re still none the wiser as to which pairing works best at midfield. Aidan’s a definite starter, but only if he’s fully fit (which is far from a certainty at this stage), while Jason Gibbons is probably in pole position at the minute for the second slot. Seamus is still recovering from injury as well but should be okay for the summer and while Barry has remained mercifully free of injury so far this year, it’s still far from clear where on the field (if at all) it’s best to deploy him. Pat is clearly a better option in the forwards, while Danny looks equally at home in the half-backs.
A fully fit Ronan McGarrity would certainly spice up the selection decisions at midfield. While his 2011 was largely blighted by injury, it should be recalled that Ronan started the league last year in flying form for us and if he was back in that kind of form for the summer, he’d definitely be worth his place in this year’s championship panel.