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O’Connor axed by Meath

One of Meath’s most regular defenders of the last few seasons, Chris O’Connor, has been dropped from a squad finalised for the championship.

O’Connor has been a consistent presence in the Meath defence over the last few seasons and has frequently popped up on the score sheet from right corner-back.

But the new management have decided to let him go as the squad is pared back down to 30 for the tests ahead.

O’Connor got precious few opportunities during the league but he had been on club duty in the earlier part of the season as his Ballinabrackey team claimed a delayed Leinster junior title in January.

The other notable absentee from the Meath squad is Mickey Burke, who broke his leg in last year’s Leinster quarter-final replay against Laois and has struggled to regain form since.

Peadar Byrne has not been included as he continues to serve a suspension from an incident in a club game last year.

Brian Sheridan, younger brother of Joe, has also failed to make the cut as Seamus McEnaney steps up his championship preparations.

Another prospective defender, Cormac McGill, has also been left out.

Among the newcomers are Paddy Gilsenan, Mark O’Sullivan, Willie Ryan and Ciaran Lenehan and Ian Davis from county champions Skryne.