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Saturday 16 December 2017

Shock return for Geraghty

Graham Geraghty is back with the Meath football squad after a three-year absence, WRITES COLM KEYS.

The 38-year-old has not played with the county since the dismal nine-point defeat to Limerick in a 2008 qualifier. He announced his retirement after that game and has since been involved in club management with Castledaly in Westmeath and as forwards coach to Glenn Ryan's Longford last year.

But a recent spike in club form and a clear concern among the Meath management that they need to shake things up and give themselves more options has brought Geraghty out of retirement in a sensational development.

Geraghty did not play with Meath in last night's challenge against Westmeath in Rosemount, in which the visitors won by 2-10 to 0-12. Goals from Tadhg Brosnan and substitute Terry Skelly proved decisive in a game which saw John Heslin return to the Westmeath colours at full-forward.

However, Geraghty is understood to have trained with other squad members in Navan. Meath manager Seamus McEnaney confirmed his return and insisted yesterday that age was never a factor in any decision.

"Graham Geraghty's age never mattered to me. What matters is form. He is in very good club form. We watched him play last weekend and he was exceptional. Ours is an open-ended panel and we'll see how he goes in the next few weeks," said the Royals' boss.

McEnaney met Geraghty earlier in the week and was also in contact with another Meath veteran Darren Fay to try and lure him out of retirement, but after initially accepting the invitation, Fay declined yesterday morning.

Irish Independent

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