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League win was highlight for Higgins


Mike Finnerty

WINNING a National League medal was the highlight of an ‘up and down sort of year with Mayo’ according to Keith Higgins, who says he intends to sit down with James Horan ‘to figure out what the story is for 2020’ once Ballyhaunis’ run in the club championship ends.
Speaking to The Mayo News Football Podcast for a special preview show ahead of next Saturday evening’s Mayo Intermediate final against The Neale, the four-time All Star reflected back on his 15th season with the county footballers.
“For a change I enjoyed the league, winning it was probably a help!” smiled the 34 year-old bank official.
“The fact we were back a bit earlier, we probably had a bit of a head start on other teams as well, and winning it made it a lot more enjoyable.
“The championship, losing to Roscommon is never good, it takes a while to get over.
“We kind of stuttered along a bit then during the Qualifiers, the win over Galway was obviously enjoyable, and the Donegal one as well.
“The championship was very stop-start I felt this year. Not starting against Dublin was tough and watching the game for the first 20 or 25 minutes was tough. But I think, overall, it probably wasn’t the worst year we’ve had.
“It felt like it was a kind of up and down sort of year. But I’m sure James [Horan] now has big plans for the boys for next year.”
When asked if he had decided to ‘go again’ with Mayo next year, Higgins admitted that he hadn’t yet spoken in detail to James Horan about their respective plans for next season.
“Playing for Mayo is such a huge honour, you want to do it for as long as you can,” he said.
“What the story is for next year, I haven’t even spoken to James [Horan] yet really. I suppose he’s probably giving us a bit of space until the club finishes up.
“I suppose to give you an honest answer, I’m not trying to dodge any questions, I’ll probably have a chat with him once this run comes to an end, whenever that is.
“We’ll figure out what the story is for 2020 then.”

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