As has already been flagged in the comments, the County Board have this evening issued an update on the senior county panel, both in relation to players currently unavailable due to injury and those who have been released back to their clubs. The County Board’s update is here.
Looking first at the list of players released, the highest profile names are Gavin Duffy (about whom word first leaked out last Friday), Enda Varley and Darren Coen. The whole saga involving Gavin has already been well discussed here on the site – like the rest of you, I can’t in retrospect make any sense of what was going on there – so I guess there isn’t much more to say about it.
Brought into the panel first by John O’Mahony at the start of 2010, Enda went on to play in both the 2012 and 2013 All-Ireland finals, the latter from the bench. Darren has been on the panel since 2012 and looked closest to nailing down a starting place the following year – he started in the Connacht final that year, scoring a goal – but drifted from the reckoning since then.
Keith Rogers, once again, found himself in favour for the FBD but unable to remain on the panel for much longer than this. It’s a bit of a mystery as to why a player who consistently excels at club level hasn’t been able to make the step up to inter-county but there you go.
For Alex Corduff, Caolan Crowe, Stephen Duffy and Peter Dravins, the experience of being part of the senior set-up should stand to them and the hope has to be that they’ll be back knocking on the door in the near future. Releasing Adam Gallagher and Morgan Lyons to the U21s makes perfect sense at this point in time.
Turning to the players still out with injury, it’s a bit of a long list and we’d have been glad of a few of them on Sunday. Evan Regan will be out for some time yet, of course, as will Chris Barrett and Andy Moran wasn’t expected back for a bit longer either while Mickey Conroy’s injury was also no secret. I’m not sure how close Brendan Harrison and Tom Parsons are to being fighting fit but I had thought that Alan Dillon and Jason Gibbons were good to go, which they obviously aren’t just yet.