Buckley gets nod to captain Limerick for second year
LIMERICK senior football manager Mickey Ned O'Sullivan has confirmed Seanie Buckley as his team captain for a second successive year.
Buckley is currently the only player from county champions Dromcollogher Broadford on the county squad and will lead the Shannonsiders into battle again for the 2010 campaign.
Half-forward Buckley (24) has cemented a regular place in the team since making his championship debut in 2005 and will be a key figure again this season as Limerick chase an elusive Munster SFC crown.
O'Sullivan's outfit lost the 2009 provincial decider against Cork by just a single point and were knocked out of the All-Ireland qualifiers by the same margin against Meath.
This year's championship draw has been kind to Limerick as they are on the opposite side to big guns Cork and Kerry in Munster but the immediate aim for Buckley is to gain promotion from Division 4 of the NFL following last year's relegation.
Limerick's preparations have been hampered by the cold snap with no collective training done to date. Last Sunday's McGrath Cup game against Waterford IT was postponed and could fall foul of the weather once again this Sunday.
Meanwhile, Dublin attacker Mark Davoren is nearing a full recovery from his cruciate ligament injury and earlier this week participated in a full training session with Pat Gilroy's squad.
The Kilmacud Crokes sharpshooter saw his dream SFC debut turn into a nightmare last June when he tore the cruciate in his left knee in the Leinster SFC quarter-final victory over Meath.
Gilroy has announced a new-look squad for next Sunday's O'Byrne Cup opener at home to Wexford. Only three championship regulars from last season -- Stephen Cluxton, Ross McConnell and Bernard Brogan -- are included in the 24-man panel from which a team will be selected this Saturday.
Having started for Dublin against the Dubs Stars last Sunday, Paul Casey, Eamonn Fennell and Tomas Quinn are all retained. Alan Hubbard -- a league regular last year and subsequently handed his SFC debut against Meath -- and Kevin Bonner are also listed.
Fennell's inclusion is sure to raise eyebrows, both at county board level and with his home club O'Tooles, given the controversy over his attempts to transfer to St Vincent's. Conal Keaney is not listed as speculation continues on his plans for 2010.
There are three U-21 players involved -- Sean Murray (St Brigid's) James McCarthy and Dean Rock (both Ballymun Kickhams).
See Factfile for squad