Louth go back to future as new McCabes deal on cards
LOUTH are expected to go 'back to the future' next week by announcing that McCabe Builders are going to continue on as their sponsors for 2010.
McCabes' three-year deal, believed to have been worth €100,000 per season, finished at the end of 2009 and the Wee County have been pursuing a replacement sponsor since.
It is now believed that McCabes have come back in to support them but with a much less lucrative package than their previous deal.
Louth, like Meath, began their inter-county season last week still without a new sponsor in place.
Under new manager Peter Fitzpatrick, their footballers beat Wicklow in the first round of the O'Byrne Cup last weekend -- they now face Athlone IT in the second round tomorrow.
Meath, who lost their last sponsors just before Christmas, are still struggling to find a new backer and may yet have to start the National League without one.
But Clare are also expected to finalise a new deal with their outgoing sponsor Pat O'Donnell in the coming week.
O'Donnell's name was on the Banner jerseys when their senior hurlers and footballers got their season off to a competitive start in Munster's secondary competitions last week even though Clare have not yet inked a deal for the coming year.
Elsewhere, Laois boss Sean Dempsey has made three changes to the side that beat DIT for tomorrow's O'Byrne Cup quarter-final against Kildare.
Denis Booth, Cathal Og Greene and Colm Coss come in for Rory Stapleton, Donal Miller and Ambrose Doran respectively, while AFL returnee Colm Begley is again named on the bench.