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3 young Mayo forwards to watch out for

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Ryan O’Donoghue
James Horan’s initial Mayo panel includes some young talented attackers


Mike Finnerty

Conor Diskin
Claremorris
AFTER catching the eye with the Mayo Under-20s during the summer, and also impressing with Claremorris during the senior club championship, it’s no surprise to hear that Diskin has been included in James Horan’s provisional training panel.
Horan is known to be an admirer of the 20 year-old target-man, who has shown that he can do a job at either full-forward or corner-forward with both the Under-20s and his club.
A former captain of the senior football team at St Colman’s College, Claremorris, Diskin is a big, strong ball-winner who is a real threat when he gets turned and runs hard at goal.
He scored 1-2 in three games with the Mayo Under-20s, and also chipped in with 1-2 for Claremorris against Castlebar Mitchels in the Mayo SFC quarter-final.
Working locally as an apprentice electrician, if Diskin really buys into the Mayo set-up then we could end up seeing more of him after January.

Brian Reape
Moy Davitts
THE 2016 All-Ireland Under-21 winner will be hoping that he can persuade James Horan to give him some opportunities to show what he can do beyond the FBD League in January.
Last season, Reape was released by Stephen Rochford following one start in the Connacht FBD League against Galway on the worst night of the year at MacHale Park.
He spent a few months during the summer playing with McBride’s in Chicago, winning a championship out there and showing just why he was signed up by the club in the first place.
Reape returned to play a leading role in Moy Davitts’ run to the quarter-finals of the Mayo SFC; he hit a total of 0-24 in their four games in the competition.
The 22 year-old has returned to Dublin City University to study for a Masters in Accounting, and will be aiming to make his long-awaited NFL debut next spring.

Ryan O’Donoghue
Belmullet
A STUDENT in Limerick, O’Donoghue will be sidelined for the next number of months after undergoing surgery on a long-term ankle problem after Belmullet’s recent County Intermediate Final win.
However, there is no doubt that the Mayo Under-20 captain’s rehab programme will be closely monitored by James Horan’s medical team with O’Donoghue in line to make his senior debut at some stage during next spring’s National League.
The fact that Belmullet manager, Damien Mulligan, picked O’Donoghue to captain a club team that included the likes of Eoin O’Donoghue, Chris Barrett and Shane Nallen speaks volumes about the youngster’s talent and leadership skills.
O’Donoghue scored five points in Belmullet’s County Final victory over Burrishoole, and hit 1-11 in total during their six championship games.
He was also chosen by Michael Solan to captain the Mayo Under-20s earlier this year, and turned in a string of impressive displays to help the team get within a kick of the ball of beating Kildare in the All-Ireland Final.

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