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Former Connacht and Ireland full-back Gavin Duffy in training with Mayo

Published 14/05/2014 | 21:03

3 May 2014; Gavin Duffy, Connacht, with his daughter Jessica, age 2, after he palyed his last home match for Connacht. Celtic League 2013/14 Round 21, Connacht v Cardiff Blues, Sportsground, Galway. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE
Connacht's Gavin Duffy with his two-year-old daughter Jessica after his last Connacht game

Former Connacht and Ireland star Gavin Duffy has started training with the Mayo senior footballers and, according to former Mayo star David Brady, he has been impressing.

Brady told Off The Ball on Newstalk this evening that Duffy, who failed to win a contract with Connacht for next season, took part in his first session with James Horan's men last night.

"I think [James Horan] has made a master move by bringing in Gavin Duffy, the ex-Irish international rugby player and long-time Connacht player into the Mayo panel. At the age of 32 or 33, I think it's a great move," Brady said.

"Someone said to me that he didn't just fit in, he stood out.

"Look at the experience he has and I think it will only add to the Mayo setup."

Duffy played a huge role in Mayo's path to a All-Ireland minor final in Croke Park in 1999, where they were beaten by a Benny Coulter inspired Down team.

Lining out at midfield during that campaign, Duffy gained a reputation as brilliant fielder of the ball which must of helped him when he embarked on a successful career at full-back in rugby union.

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