Tuesday 17 October 2017

Galway ready for assault on Connacht title - Meehan

Michael Meehan, Bryan Cullen and Eoin Kennedy (EirGrid’s principal engineer and All-Ireland Singles handball champion) at the announcement of EirGrid as the new sponsor of the U-21 All-Ireland Football Championship
Michael Meehan, Bryan Cullen and Eoin Kennedy (EirGrid’s principal engineer and All-Ireland Singles handball champion) at the announcement of EirGrid as the new sponsor of the U-21 All-Ireland Football Championship
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Between Galway's bright start to life under Kevin Walsh and Corofin's progression to the All-Ireland club final, there's an air of optimism surrounding football in the county, and Michael Meehan believes they should be targeting a Connacht title this summer.

Mayo have taken the last four provincial crowns, and it's 2008 since the Tribesmen last got their hands on the Nestor Cup, a wait Meehan says is too long.

"I think for Galway at this stage, a Connacht title is what's needed," said the Caltra man. "That would have to be a goal I'm sure for Galway football this year. 2008 is a long time so that's probably where the priorities would lie this year."

The fundamentals, Meehan says, are sound. The bulk of the panel consists of the U-21 teams that secured All-Ireland titles in 2011 and 2013, while the Corofin players will further boost their options.

"Maybe it's about to go right for those lads! The likes of Tom Flynn and Fiontan O Curraoin were on both of those teams, those lads are only 22 or 23 now," said Meehan.

"They're only going to develop. With Kevin Walsh there as a mentor and as a manager, he'll help get the most out of the Galway panel that's there."

Whether Meehan will be back remains to be seen. His well documented ankle problem rules out any sustained action. He's also rehabbing his knee after surgery before Christmas. Walsh has been in touch but Meehan managed just four games last year with his club.

"I stepped away last year because I had no option. Can I go back? I'd love to. But it's unlikely. I'd love to get back and do something," he said.

"It was a relief at the time just to step away. It was a hard thing to do but it was a relief. Because, the enjoyment, there was none. And that's what the game is about really."

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