Sunday 19 November 2017

Wicklow boss Murphy happy to have Healy back in fold

26 May 2013; Wicklow manager Harry Murphy. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, First Round, Wicklow v Longford, County Grounds, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2013; Wicklow manager Harry Murphy. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, First Round, Wicklow v Longford, County Grounds, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Wicklow have welcomed back Dean Healy to their football squad, despite the stinging criticism he levelled at the County Board in August when he announced that he was quitting the inter-county game.

Healy fired a broadside at the Board over a number of welfare issues and problems that arose for the squad in 2013 and declared his intention not to play for Wicklow again. But the 22-year-old has had a change of heart and has been persuaded back to the fold.

"Things are said in the heat of the moment," said Wicklow manager Harry Murphy.

"We're moving on with Dean involved again. Wicklow can't afford to be without players of his quality and we're happy to have him. He's young and it was a tough year for him with his club St Patrick's, who were champions, bowing out of the championship."

Leighton Glynn is also back with the squad after a prolonged absence with a broken leg.

Glynn sustained the injury in late May 2012 in a championship game against Meath but only resurfaced for Rathnew's club football and Glenealy's club hurling campaign.

"We'll see how it goes for Leighton. He was nearly 14 months out of the game. It's a lot to ask of him to come back after the two club campaigns that he has had," said Murphy.

Irish Independent

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