BACK IN Keith Higgins trained with the Mayo footballers yesterday (Monday). Pic: Sportsfile
Mayo have received a big boost ahead of their Connacht championship clash with Galway on May 13 with news that Keith Higgins is back in the squad.
Dual star Higgins trained with the senior squad yesterday (Bank Holiday Monday) for the first time in 2018 after playing with Mayo hurlers in the National league this spring.
The four-time All Star footballer starred for the hurlers en route to their Division 2B title last month and there had been some uncertainty over whether he would return to the footballers this season.
Speaking after Mayo’s draw in Donegal nine days ago, Mayo manager Stephen Rochford was hopeful Higgins would be back.
“We had left Keith to his own devices and hurling until the league was over so we will talk to him this week.
“Keith has given great service to it and all indications at the start were that he just wanted some time off. He’s mixed that in with a bit of hurling which was absolutely fine with us. He’s kept his fitness levels up so I don't’ have any immediate concerns at the moment. We spoke in January and said we’d speak again at the end of the league and that’s what we’ll do,” said Rochford.
It remains to be seen if Higgins will feature with the Mayo hurlers in their upcoming Christy Ring Cup campaign. They are due to play their opening game in the Christy Ring on Saturday, May 12 away to Wicklow.
That’s the day before Mayo footballers take on Galway in the Connacht SFC quarter-final in Castlebar.
Mayo also have Christy Ring Cup games on May 19 (v Kildare) and June 2 (Roscommon).
Higgins and the rest of the Mayo senior squad return to their clubs later this week ahead of the opening round of the Mayo club championships this weekend.