Kernan using league to blood youth after scouring Galway clubs
Published 11/01/2010 | 05:00
GALWAY manager Joe Kernan has drafted in eight new players for the FBD League which starts next weekend.
The former Armagh boss said he will use the league to try out new players competitively and will then assess the squad for the National League when other players return from college duty.
Former All-Ireland minor star Michael Martin is among the new players called up to this level while others include Cilliian de Paor, younger brother of All Star Sean Og, and Barna's Eoin McDonagh, son of former GAA President Joe.
Kernan said that although the freezing weather has disrupted plans, he is looking forward to the new season.
Along with selectors Sean O Domhnaill and Tom Naughton, Kernan has trawled through Galway looking for new talent.
"We managed to see all the club semi-finals and finals in the senior, intermediate and juniors and several players impressed.
"But the three trial matches that we held were the big help, especially the last one when everyone gave it their all," said Kernan.
A number of established players, including Padraic Joyce, Cormac Bane, Barry Cullinane, Damien Dunleavy and Finian Hanley, are recovering from injury but will be back for the National League.
Galway begin their FBD League campaign next Sunday against Sligo in Tuam and will also play Leitrim and GMIT before opening their National League campaign away to Mayo.
Mayo manager John O'Mahony confirmed yesterday morning that Trevor Mortimer will captain the county team in 2010.
Mortimer, who captained Mayo to their first Connacht title in three years in 2009, has been a mainstay of the inter-county panel since bursting onto the scene in 2001. The Shrule/Glencorrib clubman has appeared in two All-Ireland finals (2004, 2006) and has amassed three Connacht championship medals (2004, 2006, 2009) and a National League title (2001) during a very successful 10-year career.
Mortimer's Tuam-based housemate Peadar Gardiner will be continuing as vice-captain. The Crossmolina clubman has been lining out for Mayo since being introduced by John Maughan in 2004.
Elsewhere, Wexford's 1996 All-Ireland-winning captain Martin Storey has been ratified as the county's minor hurling manager.
Having been approved by the County GAA Management Committee for the post about four weeks before Christmas, Storey has eventually been given the nod to take charge.
Storey is been joined in the backroom by Noel O'Keeffe (St Anne's), Jim O'Connell (Rathnure) and Cormac Quinn (St Martin's).