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Flynn fitness boost for Tribesmen ahead of Cats clash

Published 27/06/2015 | 02:30

Flynn: Fitness boost
Flynn: Fitness boost

Galway's hurlers have been handed a boost after Jason Flynn declared himself fit for Sunday week's Leinster SHC final clash with Kilkenny.

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The Tommy Larkins club man missed the comprehensive semi-final win over Laois with a hand injury but insists he'll be ready to face the Cats in just over a week's time.

"It's fine again," insisted Flynn, who was charged with free-taking duties as Joe Canning recovered from a broken hand. "I didn't train, I'm only going back training this weekend. It happened in training and with the Laois game it was unfortunate, but look, it could have been worse. I'm back training this weekend.

"I have the all-clear and I'm looking forward to the week ahead. We've been training all year for this week."

Elsewhere, Antrim footballers Patrick McBride, Conor Burke and Paddy McAleer have decided to play football in the United States for the rest of the summer despite the Saffrons still being involved in the Qualifiers.

Manager Frank Fitzsimons held talks with each of the players this week but was unable to persuade the trio to stay.

Antrim play Fermanagh in an All-Ireland qualifier at Brewster Park on July 5.

The news of the departure of the three 21-year-olds comes just days after Antrim's shock win over Laois in round one of the qualifiers at O'Moore Park.

McBride, Burke and McAleer are three of the county's brightest young prospects, with McBride having produced an outstanding performance last weekend, scoring two points. McAleer has been a regular in Fitzsimons's line-ups since he took over the reins at the start of the season.

The Saffrons panel has suffered many losses over the last 12 months, with Kevin Niblock, Kevin O'Boyle and Brian Neeson not returning to the Antrim set-up this season.

Tomas and Michael McCann stepped away during the National League campaign.

Fitzsimons will welcome the return however of Ricky Johnston and Sean McVeigh for the repeat clash with Fermanagh next weekend.

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