Friday 21 July 2017

Glynn rules out transatlantic flight home for Dublin opener

 

New York-based Galway forward, Johnny Glynn. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
New York-based Galway forward, Johnny Glynn. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Johnny Glynn will not be making a transatlantic trip home for Galway's opening championship match against Dublin in Tullamore on Sunday.

The towering forward rejoined the squad last month despite continuing to be based in the US where he has been since a few weeks after the All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny in 2015.

He featured in the latter stages of the league final win over Tipperary, having committed to manager Micheal Donoghue's squad three weeks earlier when he was home for the opening round of the local club championship.

Donoghue has since confirmed that he was willing to make regular trips over and back as part of his commitment but acknowledged it wouldn't be the "easiest transformation".

He has since been home for another club match in recent weeks but a decision between management and player has been taken not to bring him home this time for a Leinster quarter-final.

Galway sources remain adamant however that the New York-based quantity surveyor will remain part of the squad.

The league champions will have Conor Cooney available for selection again after his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Galway have a clean bill of health and are not expected to make any change from the league final starting team.

Meanwhile, Armagh's star Jamie Clarke has declared himself for their Ulster SFC clash with arch-rivals Down on Sunday week, despite injuring his ankle a fortnight ago. The Crossmaglen ace was forced to wear a protective boot for two weeks after picking up the injury in training but he insists he'll be ready to go for Páirc Esler.

"I had a bit of a setback," he revealed. "I went over on my ankle during a session, so I was out for a couple of weeks. I was in the moon boot. It was precautionary so back at it and yeah, we are in good shape. Back in action 100 per cent, no worries at all now."

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