Wednesday 17 January 2018

O'Neill opts out of Kildare panel

KILDARE have been hit with the news that defender Kevin O'Neill has left the panel.

The Moorefield clubman, a talented full-back who first came into the team during John Crofton's reign, is understood to be unhappy with the lack of opportunities he has got this year.

O'Neill missed most of last year's run to the All-Ireland quarter-finals due to a shoulder injury and he has failed to re-establish himself in the starting 15. He did not make any impact during this year's league, his sole appearance coming as a sub in the victory over Westmeath.

Meanwhile, Tomás O'Connor has been called back into the panel. A former minor and U-21 star, he played at full-forward under Crofton before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Kildare are hoping that both Dermot Earley and Mikey Conway will be able to train with the squad inside the next fortnight.

Earley has been nursing a knee injury since the team's loss to Laois last month, while Conway has been a long-term absentee due to a cruciate problem.

Limerick manager Mickey Ned O'Sullivan has made one change for Saturday's NFL Division 3 final against Waterford at Croke Park.

Conor Mullane comes in at full-back, with Padraig Browne moving to centre-back at the expense of Shane Gallagher, who suffered injury in their win over Leitrim.

Irish Independent

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