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Gavin Duffy still in the frame for place on Mayo team

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

Gavin Duffy, Mayo
Gavin Duffy, Mayo

MAYO manager James Horan has not given up on Gavin Duffy featuring in their bid to lift the Sam Maguire Cup next month.

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The former Connacht rugby captain was drafted into the Mayo squad by Horan shortly after he retired from professional rugby earlier this summer, but has yet to play a minute of football for them.

Horan has said all along that Duffy is a valuable member of his squad and said that the former Irish international had as good a chance as anyone of featuring in the closing stages of the All-Ireland championship.

The prospect of Duffy being drafted into play some role in their All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry on Sunday week increased over the weekend.

Horan was spotted watching Duffy play a key role as his new club, Salthill/Knocknacarra, advanced in the Galway championship with a narrow win over a Caltra side that welcomed back Michael Meehan after the Galway star had opted out of football in a bid to solve a troublesome ankle injury.

Duffy was impressive in midfield and Horan will have been impressed with his high fielding and distribution before he was tactically substituted midway through the second-half.

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