All Star Moran confirmed as Mayo skipper for the season
Mayo have confirmed Andy Moran as their captain for the season ahead of Sunday's Allianz league final with Cork. The Ballaghdereen man has been one of a number of captains used by James Horan during the league campaign.
But after flying home from a five-day warm-weather training camp in Portugal, Mayo have given 28-year-old Moran the seal of approval. He takes over from Alan Dillon, who captained the side to last year's Connacht title. Goalkeeper David Clarke has been confirmed as vice-captain.
Moran is the current All Star full-forward after a series of impressive performances last summer and he has continued that rich vein of form as a playmaker across the half-forward line over the last two months.
Horan has confirmed that Aidan O'Shea will be ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a groin injury. He sustained the injury in the build up to the semi-final win over Kerry.
"He will be out of action from between three and six weeks. He will play no part in the league final," revealed Horan.
The manager sang the praises of the warm-weather training camp but cautioned that five days was, for him, the perfect length of time.
"Five days was just fine for us. We got a lot of work done, as much as we would do in a few weeks here. It was very positive," he said.
Mayo lost heavily to Cork in their last league final but Horan doesn't believe there will be any hangover from that defeat two years ago which sent their season into a tailspin as championship losses to Sligo and Longford followed.
"I don't think that defeat is a factor at all," said Horan.
"We have gone on and beaten them in an All-Ireland quarter-final since then."
Horan is confident that Seamus O'Shea and Alan Freeman will be back in contention by the weekend as Mayo bid for their first national title at senior level since 2001.
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