TALENT?Evan Regan has been ruled out of action for at least three months after breaking his collarbone again last week.
Regan must ‘sort out’ shoulder before returning says McHugh
MAYO forward Evan Regan must do ‘whatever it takes’ to mend his damaged collarbone properly — including possibly sitting out of the rest of the GAA season — according to RTÉ Sunday Game analyst Martin McHugh.
The former All-Ireland winner with Donegal knows Regan well, having managed IT Sligo’s Sigerson Cup team since last September where the Ballina Stephenites attacker was a key member of McHugh’s squad.
Regan (21) broke his collarbone for the second time in ten weeks during a Mayo training session last Tuesday night after colliding with a team-mate during a drill.
He had only returned to ‘contact training’ the previous week during Mayo’s warm-weather training camp in Portugal after fracturing his clavicle in the early stages of Mayo’s National League match against Kerry on February 1.
Speaking to The Mayo News last night, McHugh said the injury setback was a ‘massive blow’ for Regan and also for Mayo’s management, as he is ‘the type of forward’ that the Connacht champions have been missing in recent seasons.
“It’s a massive blow for him personally, first and foremost,” said McHugh. “It looked like he was ready to break into the Mayo senior panel so this is a real setback for him. It’s unfortunate.
“The main thing for Evan is that he gets it to heal properly this time and gets back to 100 percent. “He’s young, he’s got time on his side, so even if it means he has to take a season out of football entirely, the most important thing is that he gets it sorted.
“He’s the type of forward that Mayo are missing. He’s very accurate, he’s got a lot of self-confidence, and I was looking forward to seeing him play with Mayo this summer.
“Evan has got a bright future, a big future, ahead of him. He trains hard, he looks after himself well, and he’s fit and strong.
“I think he’s the type of player that, if he got a run of games in the Mayo team, then he could establish himself as a key forward. Just look at the way Dean Rock has done it for Dublin this Spring.”
Regan, a final year student in ‘Health and Physiology’ at IT Sligo, hit 1-4 for the college in the Sigerson Cup in January, less than two weeks before breaking his collarbone for the first time on Mayo duty in Killarney.
He subsequently missed out on the rest of IT Sligo’s Sigerson Cup campaign, including their quarter-final defeat to UCC.
Martin McHugh believes that IT Sligo felt Regan’s absence more than most.
“I like Evan as a young lad and as a footballer,” he said. “To be honest, I feel we could have won the Sigerson Cup this year if Evan had been fit to play.
“The day we won up in Belfast against Queens, earlier in the competition, he missed a free at one stage but got a crucial one for us in the second half. That took bottle, and he didn’t shy away from the responsibility.
“Evan would definitely help Mayo’s attack. He needs to be marked and that creates space for other forwards to work in. His free-taking would be a big asset too.
“But the main thing at this stage is that gives himself enough time to sort out that injury once and for all.”