Sunday 22 January 2017

The Royals that got away

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Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30

Kevin Reilly. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Kevin Reilly. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Stephen Bray. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

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Meath's best player in the post-Sean Boylan era retired after last season and has left a considerable void in the full-forward line.

Shane O'Rourke. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Shane O'Rourke. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Conor Gillespie. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Kevin Reilly

A full-back who offered plenty of options further outfield but injuries never allowed him a sustained involvement over a number of years. Achilles and hip injuries eventually forced him to call time after last season.

Conor Gillespie

An imposing midfielder, he has not played for a couple of years as he tries to battle back from a significant knee injury.

Shane O'Rourke

A promising underage career has been largely diverted at senior level because of persistent injury that has culminated in three hip operations over the last four years. The talented Simonstown Gaels clubman is still only 27.

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