1 O’Shea confirmed as captain
BREAFFY clubman Aidan O’Shea was confirmed as the new Mayo captain by James Horan after last Sunday’s match in Clones.
O’Shea, who turns 30 in June, becomes the first player from his club to captain the Mayo senior football team for an entire season. This is his 12th season in the squad.
“I think if you look back over the last number of years, he’s been at it every league and championship campaign,” said Horan as he explained the thinking behind his decision.
“He’s very strong, a very good reader of the game and I think he will be a good captain.”
2 Mayo’s injury list lengthens
THERE are a few more names to add to the lengthy list of Mayo players who are currently out of action: Brendan Harrison, Eoghan McLaughlin and James Carr were all ruled out last Sunday’s match-day squad due to injuries.
By all accounts Harrison could struggle to return in time for the concluding rounds of the league, while Donie Vaughan, Cillian O’Connor and Matthew Ruane are yet to feature.
James Horan also said last Sunday that he wasn’t in a position to confirm if Colm Boyle had suffered cruciate ligament damage to his knee against Dublin: “It’s a serious injury, he’s with the medical team. They’re laying out what the rehab protocol is but it’s a long term injury and he is going to be out for a while. I don’t have that confirmation yet.”
3 Tim O’Leary’s tweets
IT was just after 7.30pm on Sunday evening when Tim O’Leary, the chairman of the Mayo GAA Foundation, tweeted: ‘#horanout we are not very good #truthhurts always’ in the wake of Mayo’s defeat to Monaghan in the National League.
Shortly afterwards, in response to a reply he had received, he tweeted: ‘I am fully committed to mayo gaa and hope to make a big announcement about new academy soon’.
Then, on Monday morning, Mr O’Leary tweeted an apology for his initial remarks: ‘Sorry for my outburst yesterday - had a few too many pints - lesson learned - I am going to keep my mouth shut going forward - have a good week’.