Monday 24 April 2017

Collins in line for return

David Collins could return to the Galway hurling team on Sunday for the first time in two and a half years
David Collins could return to the Galway hurling team on Sunday for the first time in two and a half years

Former skipper David Collins could return to the Galway hurling team on Sunday for the first time in two and a half years.

The 2005 Young Hurler of the Year has not played for the Tribesmen since their 3-22 to 1-18 All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Kilkenny in July 2007. He suffered a serious ankle injury playing for Connacht in October '07 and while he has made a full recovery, his return to the Galway side was delayed when he went to Australia before Christmas.

The Liam Mellows clubman returned home at the weekend and has linked up with the squad. He is included among the subs for Sunday's Walsh Cup final against Dublin at Parnell Park.

Galway boss John McIntyre has made just one change, with Colm Callanan taking over from James Skehill between the posts.

Meanwhile, Wexford hurling manager Colm Bonnar has admitted that he's still unsure about veteran goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry's intentions for the coming season.

Fitzhenry (35) has yet to commit to the Model County set-up for the 2010 campaign, while Bonnar has insisted that he will give the veteran all the time he needs to make up his mind.

"I haven't been talking to Damien since early January," Bonnar said. "We're giving him a bit of time."

In the meantime, Bonnar is carrying goalkeepers Dermot Flynn, Noel Carton and Mark Fanning on his panel but just two will be used for the National League.

Galway (v Dublin, Walsh Cup final) -- C Callanan; D Joyce, S Kavanagh, P Holland; D Barry, T Og Regan, K Hynes; G Farragher, N Cahalan; A Callanan, C Donnellan, D Burke; A Harte, J Gantley, N Hayes.

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