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Sheridan answers Banty's pleas to return from USA

JOE Sheridan is expected back in Ireland by the end of this week, after the dramatic revelation that the Seneschalstown attacker has answered the pleas of Seamus McEnaney to return to the Meath panel.

Sheridan (pictured) left for Boston just six weeks ago, having secured full-time employment in the States, and was set for a lengthy stint in America after bidding farewell to his team-mates during their post-match dinner after the narrow league loss to Galway.

At the time, McEnaney insisted: "The door is always open for Joe Sheridan to come back and he knows that.

"In the 15 or 16 months I have been in the Meath job I found Joe an absolute pleasure to work with, he is a really good fella and he will be a loss to us because he was just getting himself back to where he wanted to be."

And less than three weeks ago, speaking from Boston, Sheridan maintained: "(Emigration) probably will be a trend that keeps going. I'd like to hope I can get back home as quick as possible but, for the foreseeable future, I don't think that's possible."

However, it now looks certain that Sheridan will play a part when Meath open their Leinster SFC campaign against Wicklow on May 27.

Donal óg will play again for Rebels says Cunningham

FORMER Cork custodian and selector Ger Cunningham has insisted Donal óg Cusack (pictured) will again don the famous Rebel goalkeeper jersey the two of them have collectively owned for more than three decades.

Cusack's ruptured Achilles tendon injury was confirmed yesterday, a blow that will see the Cloyne stopper miss the remainder of the season.

But Cunningham -- a close confidant of Cusack's -- is adamant that at 35, there is still time left for the Cork captain to come back from the blow.

"I've no doubt that Donal óg will come back," Cunningham insisted.

"He has kept himself in great shape and goalkeepers have the tendency to to have careers that last longer than outfield players.

"There will be no more determined man to come back from injury than Donal óg.

"It's a serious enough injury and it's a serious loss, and it makes you think sport can be very cruel sometimes. To get to captain Cork was something he was really enjoying and took very seriously, so for this injury to happen to him now is very cruel."