Mayo GAA confirmed a short while ago that Stephen Coen will captain the Senior football team this year. Tommy Conroy and Paddy Durcan will act as vice-captains on the team.
For a relatively young man, Stephen has been on the Senior panel a long time, having made the step up as far back as 2014. The previous year the Hollymount/Carramore clubman captained Mayo to the All-Ireland Minor title and he went on to repeat this achievement with the county at U21 level in 2016. Since then he also skippered UCD to Sigerson Cup success so there’s a strong argument to be made that he’s a lucky General.
That said, Stephen’s appointment as Mayo team captain has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with hard graft. He’s been a solid, consistent performer at the top level for a number of years but last year in particular he put in a huge shift for us and he was one of the few Mayo players to emerge from September’s All-Ireland final with his reputation enhanced. As a result, he deservedly featured in the list of All-Star nominees for 2021.
Stevie has carried himself like a leader ever since he first featured at Senior level and today’s appointment is one that was always going to happen at some point. He’s the perfect pick to lead the team in 2022.
Congrats to Stephen – and to Tommy and Paddy too – and best wishes to all of them for the year ahead.