Wednesday 20 September 2017

Kernan to make Tribes captain call after NY trip

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Joe Kernan will wait until after Galway's visit to New York in two weeks' time before choosing a new captain.

Kernan has decided to wait until after the preliminary round fixture in the Connacht championship to allow injuries to Michael Meehan and Sean Armstrong to clear up.

Neither Meehan or Armstrong are expected to be ready for the New York trip but it looks like it is between the pair for the honour of captaining the team.

Kernan has adopted a rotating captaincy policy during the league to see what leaders emerge.

Joe Bergin put in a strong case during the recent league win in Tuam over Tyrone when he was captain but the decision to wait points to Meehan being asked to lead Galway in the 2010 championship.

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Meehan damaged knee ligaments in the defeat to Kerry and was ruled out of action for up to two months.

Kernan now expects his talismanic forward to be ready the week after the squad return home from New York.

Padraic Joyce is, however, tipped to make his seasonal return in New York on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Joyce did not feature in the league as he recovered from an Achilles operation but Kernan has confirmed that New York is now his target.

"Padraic is back, he's training away and obviously he lacks sharpness having been off for so long. But New York is the plan for him. I'd be hopeful he'd play some role there."

Kernan also revealed that John McCloskey was not yet back working with him in Galway, where they would restore their old Armagh partnership.

McCloskey, Kernan's trainer with Armagh for six years, is contracted with English Premiership rugby club Wasps, but it has been speculated that he might link up with Kernan at some stage over the summer.

Irish Independent

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