Tuesday 22 August 2017

Tribe hurling star Glynn set to continue US exile in 2017

Johnny Glynn's immediate future as a Galway hurler remains in doubt with speculation that he may remain in New York next year. Photo: Sportsfile
Johnny Glynn's immediate future as a Galway hurler remains in doubt with speculation that he may remain in New York next year. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Johnny Glynn's immediate future as a Galway hurler remains in doubt with speculation that he may remain in New York next year.

Glynn, one of Galway's driving forces as they reached the 2015 All-Ireland hurling final which they lost to Kilkenny, left for the US shortly afterwards and has remained there, playing a prominent role with the New York footballers as they came close to shocking Roscommon in the Connacht Championship preliminary round last May.

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue has worked hard to try and persuade Glynn to commit again to Galway but the Ardrahan man has settled well in New York.

Meanwhile, Waterford are looking for a new hurling selector after the departure of Fintan O'Connor was confirmed by manager Derek McGrath.

O'Connor worked with the Déise for the past two seasons but has stepped aside ahead of a return to pre-season training next month.

O'Connor, a teacher at Blackwater Community School in Lismore, is currently involved with the Ballybacon-Grange club in Tipperary, who have qualified for the county junior 'A' hurling final against Kiladangan.

Addition

McGrath revealed that there are no immediate plans to replace O'Connor until later in the year.

"Fintan leaves with everyone's best wishes and he would be a huge addition to any club or county given his commitment and knowledge," he said.

Leinster senior champions Dublin and Kilkenny dominate the shortlists that have been drawn up to honour this year's outstanding players in the Leinster senior football and hurling championships.

This new accolade will see the overall winner in both codes awarded a specially commissioned Pearse Medal, which acknowledges the link between the 1916 leader and the GAA's Leinster Council.

All-Ireland champions Dublin supply four of the five players to the initial shortlist with Westmeath's James Dolan joining Dean Rock, Diarmuid Connolly, Jonny Cooper and Brian Fenton.

Kilkenny have three players on a five-man shortlist - Cillian Buckley, Jonjo Farrell and Paul Murphy. Farrell had an outstanding provincial campaign, scoring 2-9 from play in the games against Dublin and Galway.

Galway's David Burke also features while Westmeath's impressive round robin campaign is rewarded with Niall O'Brien's nomination. He scored 0-32 in the four matches that he played.

The newly formed Club Players Association will release a statement this morning outlining their commitment to a more meaningful fixtures programme within a shorter season.

Irish Independent

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