BOTH Keith Higgins and Fergal Boland have been released by the Mayo senior football management to line out with the county hurlers in next Saturday’s Christy Ring Cup clash against Kildare in Castlebar (3pm).
Neither player lined out with the hurlers during their disappointing National League campaign as they lost four of their five matches in Division 2B, and needed a play-off win over Roscommon to avoid relegation.
Both Higgins and Boland started all seven of Mayo’s National Football League games, but with just under five weeks remaining to the Connacht SFC quarter-final against New York or Sligo, the pair will be back in JP Coen’s hurling fold next Saturday.
Keane joins senior set-up
Meanwhile, Stephen Rochford has added his former Crossmolina team-mate, Joe Keane, to the Mayo senior backroom team in recent weeks.
Keane, who has been coaching the Mayo under 21 footballers for the last two seasons under Michael Solan, was brought on board with the senior set-up last month.
An All-Ireland club medal winner with Crossmolina in 2001, Keane won six Mayo senior club championship titles during a distinguished playing career with the Deel Rovers.
He also managed the North Mayo club’s senior football team in recent seasons, but the Belmullet-based Garda stepped down from that role at the end of last year.
He is understood to have joined up with the Mayo seniors properly after the Mayo under 21s exited the Connacht championship against Galway last month.
Keane, who also won an All-Ireland medal with the Mayo Masters football team last year, is believed to be working alongside Tony McEntee, Peter Burke and Donie Buckley in a coaching capacity.
Elsewhere, a number of Mayo seniors missed club league games last weekend due to injuries. Tom Parsons, Diarmuid O’Connor, Shane Nally and David Drake were all absentees.