Tuesday 27 September 2016

Breffni boost as Keating returns to bolster attack

Published 06/01/2016 | 02:30

Attacker Eugene Keating is to return to the Cavan football squad in 2016. Photo: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile
Attacker Eugene Keating is to return to the Cavan football squad in 2016. Photo: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile

Classy attacker Eugene Keating is to return to the Cavan football squad in 2016.

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Cavan manager Terry Hyland has confirmed that Keating, who plays his club football with Kilmacud Crokes in Dublin, has accepted an invitation to resume his inter-county career.

"We spoke before Christmas, he was playing in a league final in Dublin against St Vincent's and we left him at that but he has come back and informed us he's available again," said Hyland.

Keating - an influential forward when they reached an All-Ireland quarter-final in 2013 - stepped away for the 2015 season. His return comes after Seanie Johnston also rejoined Cavan after an absence of over four years, during which he played in two championship campaigns for Kildare.

David Givney, who also took a break from inter-county football in 2015, has also returned and featured against Armagh in the McKenna Cup opener last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Galway football boss Kevin Walsh could think he has double vision this year with three sets of twins in contention to be part of his team for 2016.

Alan Kyne from Clonbur played at centre-back in the 2-9 to 0-12 win over Sligo in the FBD League and his brother Declan also aims to be in the Tribesmen's defence in 2016.

Paul and Adrian Varley from Cortoon Shamrocks enjoyed underage success before making the breakthrough at senior level.

And the Sweeney twins from Killannin, Cathal and Patrick, are due back in action after injury as the National League campaign progresses.

But Walsh intends to use their remaining games in the FBD League to try out as many new players as possible.

"It is a very good opportunity to see a few new faces," he said.

Irish Independent

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