Mike Finnerty in the Mayo News is reporting that Trevor Mortimer is expected to train with the county squad tonight for the first time under James Horan’s tenure. Trevor’s not the only Shrule/Glencorrib man to get such an invite too as Dermot Geraghty has also been called up. According to Mike, both will now – along with others such as Breaffy’s David Gavin and Ballycastle’s Michael Forde – be looking to looking to nail down a place in the squad for our championship opener against London at the end of the month.
While it might be viewed as a bit surprising to see Trevor getting a call-up at this juncture, it’s important to bear in mind that he hasn’t been involved at all since Jame Horan took over so it makes sense to give him the once-over now. It remains to be seen if he’ll make it onto the panel, though, and even if he does I’d say it’s very unlikely that he’d be any way close to challenging for a starting place for the championship.
Dermot Geraghty’s recall is far more interesting, I reckon. Unfairly scapegoated for our backline failings in the 2004 and 2006 All-Ireland finals, Dermot is something that a lot of those ahead of him in the queue for a slot in the full-back line patently aren’t, i.e. a natural corner-back. He has bags of big-time experience and, at 27, he surely has plenty left in the tank as well. He’d be an astute addition to the squad for the summer.
Elsewhere in the Mayo News, Mike Finnerty has a report on Sunday’s non-match with Antrim. It is funny – as Mike notes in his match report – that it was Jason Doherty’s keen eye for goal that destroyed the game as a contest. If he keeps this up right over the summer, though, he won’t hear too many complaints from the sideline.
Finally, on the topic of Antrim and, more generally, Ulster GAA, you might be interested in checking out Cusack’s Blarney, where the eponymous Cusack has a good piece assessing the current state of health of the championship challengers from the northern end of the island.