MAYO begin their Connacht Championship campaign against Sligo on Sunday with the best squad they’ve had “in a number of years”, according to Stephen Rochford.
Speaking exclusively to this week’s edition of The Mayo News football podcast, Rochford said he was “really happy” with where the Mayo squad are at ahead of next weekend’s provincial quarter-final in Castlebar (2pm).
“We know a lot more about our squad [this year], we really feel that it’s the best we’ve had in a certain period of time, and maybe even in a number of years,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of quality, along with youth and experience. I’m really happy with where we’re at. Again, that’s just a feeling, but Sunday against Sligo will be the litmus test.”
The Mayo team to start against Sligo is expected to be released at lunchtime on Thursday with All Star defender Brendan Harrison almost certain to miss out due to a hamstring injury.
However, Ger Cafferkey is in line to start his first competitive game for Mayo in almost fourteen months.
Sligo boss Niall Carew is sweating on the fitness of midfielder Adrian McIntyre (thumb injury) while full-forward Pat Hughes is unlikely to feature due to a hamstring problem.
Connacht GAA officials are expecting a crowd of approximately 15,000 people to attend Sunday’s game in Castlebar.
Meanwhile, the Mayo hurlers take on Roscommon in the Christy Ring Cup relegation play-off next Saturday evening in Carrick-on-Shannon at 5pm.
Mayo manager JP Coen will be without dual stars Keith Higgins and Fergal Boland for the make-or-break contest.