IT’S three years since the Davitts dynamo last featured in the FBD Connacht League for Mayo but his outstanding club form last season meant that a recall was inevitable.
Boyle’s selection in the half-back line at the recent Mayo News/O’Neills Club Stars awards was a reflection of his remarkably consistent club form in 2011.
He was an irresistible force at centre-half back for Davitts all year and his drive, determination and huge influence on big games was as inspirational as it was excellent.
An All-Ireland U-21 winner in 2006, Boyle started the Connacht senior final against Galway two years later but was played out of position at corner-back and never got motoring.
James Horan obviously feels that the time is right to give the Garda from Ballindine a second chance, and there is no doubt that he has the substance and the style to force his way into the Mayo squad on a permanent basis.
THE Ballina teenager has been rewarded for some eye-catching performances with the Stephenites’ seniors last summer by being invited into the Mayo set-up by James Horan.
Regan is the quintessential will-o-the-wisp corner-forward that has been blessed with pace, confidence and a lethal left foot.
He was the star of the show in the last two County Minor finals, leading Ballina to successive victories in the process, and one of his goals in the 2011 decider underlined his status as a precocious talent.
It remains to be seen whether the Mayo senior management intend to use him sparingly in the weeks and months ahead, or pitch him in at the deep end like Cillian O’Connor twelve months earlier.
Either way, we will hear an awful lot more about Regan in the not-too-distant future.
Being exposed to Cian O’Neill’s training and the senior inter-county environment should do the St Muredach’s student no harm at all.
EIGHTEEN months have passed since ‘The Mort’ last kicked a ball in anger for Mayo but it seems that the worst is now over as he prepares to return to competitive county action this month.
The 29 years-old forward underwent surgery on his cruciate knee ligament last February and missed Mayo’s entire 2011 campaign as a consequence.
However, his commitment to a gruelling rehabilitation programme paid off eventually as he returned to club action for the concluding stages of the Mayo championship last September.
The former Shrule/Glencorrib marksman is now a member of the Parnells club in Dublin and has made no secret of his desire to win back his number 13 shirt.
It will be fascinating to see how the 2006 All Star award winner fits into James Horan’s plans in 2012 with the likes of Enda Varley, Jason Doherty, Evan Regan and Michael Conroy also in competition for slots in the inside line.