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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Cloonan to join Galway back-room team

Former All Star Eugene Cloonan and college GAA coach Damian Curley are set to become part of Anthony Cunningham's back-room team when the Galway management for 2014 is ratified on Monday night.

But there is growing speculation that Tom Helebert, who came on board with Cunningham two seasons ago, may step down. The other member of the coaching team, Mattie Kenny, resigned following the All-Ireland qualifier loss to eventual champions Clare.

Cloonan, a free-scoring forward for Galway and Athenry, has been involved with Galway underage teams since his inter-county retirement five years ago.

Curley, who is the GAA officer at GMIT, won an All-Ireland club title with Kiltormer and also featured at several levels for Galway.

Meanwhile, Derry's Paddy Bradley has denied reports linking him with a potential new back-room role alongside his father with the Antrim senior footballers, saying that the speculation was "not accurate". His father Liam 'Baker' Bradley is one of the main contenders for the Antrim job – he previously managed the Saffrons for four years and led them to an Ulster final appearance in 2009.

Sligo secretary Gerry O'Connor confirmed yesterday that the committee charged with finding Kevin Walsh's replacement are also "looking outside" those already nominated amid speculation Sligo IT manager Michael Moyles will be approached.

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