MEETING Mayo GAA Board chairman Liam Moffatt and Mayo senior manager James Horan attended a review meeting recently. Pic: Conor McKeown
IN the region of 30 ‘new players’ will attend a ‘combine style weekend’ with the Mayo senior football squad in Bekan later this month.
That’s according to Mayo GAA chairman Liam Moffatt, who was speaking at last Thursday’s County Board meeting where he reported on end of year reviews between senior officers of the board and members of various Mayo management teams, ranging from the senior footballers and hurlers to underage teams.
Moffatt said the meetings were ‘open and honest in looking at pre-season, the respective national leagues, provincial championships and All-Ireland series’.
“A number of key pillars such as performance, fitness, logistics, coaching and player development, resources and scheduling were discussed in detail with constructive feedback taken and given.
“Clear processes and strategies on how to build and improve Mayo GAA were discussed and agreed on for the future,” he said.
Moffatt said that in relation to the Mayo senior football team, all recent club games ‘have been watched and players have been analysed’.
“In response to that, approximately 30 new players will attend a weekend in the COE in November for trials, fitness testing, skills sessions and an introduction to inter-county football.
“Club coaches will be contacted in regard to those attending and coaches will be invited to attend the training session.
“Furthermore, information will be sought from club managers and coaches with regards to players attending, looking at that player’s overview, injury history etc etc,” he said, adding that members of local media will be invited also.
He also said that at the review, some ‘very interesting facts in relation to change management and turnover’ were given to the board in relation to debutants and turnover of players, including that of the 33 involved in the Mayo panel for the 2016 All-Ireland Finals, only 12 are still involved.
He asked delegates if they had any questions in relation to the review and none were forthcoming.
Meanwhile, Moffatt confirmed that Mayo GAA voted against the both proposals for the revamp of the All-Ireland Football Championship at the GAA’s Special Congress last month.
He said they voted ‘as mandated by our clubs through our secretary which was against motions 18 and 19’ but added ‘there was an overwhelming sense of the need for change’.