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Geraghty in player/selector role

GRAHAM GERAGHTY is set for a unique player/selector role with the Meath footballers next season.

The 38-year-old’s name went in front of the Meath Executive last night and his new job as part of Seamus McEnaney's management team will be rubber-stamped on Monday night.

McEnaney has already lost three members of his backroom team in the past year after Liam Harnan and Barry Callaghan resigned mid-season while Paul Grimley left at the end of the championship.

DAVY Fitzgerald has insisted his father’s position as Clare county board secretary will have nothing to do with his appointment as the county’s senior hurling manager – if the move to the Banner transpires.

Fitzgerald is being heavily linked with a return to his native county after ending his three-and-a-half year association with Waterford and many believe the job is his for the taking due to the power held by his father, Pat.

“Naturally, you’d like to work with your dad but I’d be fairly certain my dad would have very little to do with the appointment,” insisted Fitzgerald.

JERRY WALLACE is the front-runner to replace Dinny Cahill as Antrim’s senior hurling manager. Wallace, who was in charge of physical training for Limerick last year, served as a selector to Cahill in 2010.

FORMER Kildare selector Aidan O’Rourke has been added to James McCartan’s Down backroom team for 2012. The 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winner served for two years with Kieran McGeeney in Kildare before announcing his decision to end his association with the Lilywhites last month.

THE GPA and GAA have combined their annual awards scheme under the sponsorship of Opel. Players on the football and hurling selections will collect a €1,500 prize while the respective players of the year will walk away with a cheque for €5,000.