The bad news many of us had been hearing whispers of all day was confirmed by Mayo GAA a short while ago – Tommy Conroy suffered a cruciate injury while playing for NUIG in a Sigerson Cup fixture last night. The official announcement of what is a season-ending injury for The Neale clubman is here.
This is a crushing blow for Tommy himself, a young, exciting player who just a few short days ago played such a major part in Mayo’s comeback against Donegal and who has become a key part of our attack since he broke through at Senior level in 2020. Like all the other cruciate injury victims that went before him, Tommy faces a long rehab, with all hopes of his featuring at inter-county level this year now dashed.
At a wider level, this is, of course, nothing new for us. As a county we seem uniquely prone to seeing key players felled by serious injuries on a regular basis. Time and again we’ve lost important players to significant injuries, so much so that it’s difficult to recall a time when we had everyone fit and ready for the fray. We already know that this won’t be the case in 2022.
All we can do tonight, though, is wish Tommy all the best and hope that his recovery is rapid and complete and that he will, in time, be back fighting fit and flying again. Get well soon, Tommy.