Gallagher set for comeback as Meath look to experience
Published 14/10/2011 | 05:00
Former Meath goalkeeper David Gallagher is poised for an inter-county comeback in 2012.
Gallagher, Ireland's International Rules goalkeeper when they claimed the Cormac McAnallen Cup in Australia three years ago, has reportedly accepted an invitation to the squad for pre-season training.
The Dunboyne man's career has been beset with back injuries. But with Brendan Murphy expected to retire from inter-county football, Gallagher's services will be required next season to provide a bedrock of goalkeeping experience.
Murphy said yesterday he was considering his future and would decide in the "next month or two" if he would continue with Meath.
"I haven't made my mind up yet," said the 36-year-old, who also played soccer for Wimbledon.
However, the speculation is that he will step down, along with other veterans of more than 10 championship campaigns, Anthony Moyles and Nigel Crawford. Neither Crawford nor Moyles could command starting places in this year's qualifiers after Meath's Leinster championship defeat to Kildare.
After his International Rules exploits in 2008, Gallagher returned to the Meath squad in '09 when Murphy first retired but injury struck again and he hasn't been involved since.
Paddy O'Rourke took over as the No 1 goalkeeper in 2009 but had to make way for Murphy after he was sent off in the 2010 championship.
Gallagher has also featured as an outfield player for Meath and is a fine full-back for his club.
Meath will host a tournament next week involving Louth, Cavan and Armagh.