Wednesday 21 February 2018

Galvin comeback on the horizon

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The news that the talismanic Paul Galvin was present at Thursday night's Kerry senior squad training in Tralee is sure to be welcomed by Kingdom supporters.

Galvin, who had surgery on his hip earlier this year, underwent a fitness test and is shortly expected to return to full training as manager Jack O'Connor puts the final pieces of the Kerry jigsaw together.

Galvin's last competitive game for Kerry was against Cork in the Munster semi-final replay -- in which he was involved in the now infamous incident with Eoin Cadogan, which was highlighted on TV and prompted an investigation by Croke Park.

The former Footballer of the Year -- currently in DIT pursuing a fashion career -- had the same hip operation as team-mate Killian Young, so it is probable the Finuge clubman may not be ready in time for Kerry's clash with Galway, but could play against either Monaghan or Armagh, as Young played against Dublin last Saturday night.


Tom O'Sullivan just beat the deadline that O'Connor gave the veteran Rathmore defender by turning up last night, having revealed that he needed to get his hunger back before he could return.

"I have got it back. It's in the belly again, I'm glad to say. I needed the break. But I've been training hard with my club since last week and it's there again," said O'Sullivan.

Meanwhile, the GAA must respond to the changed economic circumstances by tailoring admission prices to reflect the new situation, according to Munster Council chairman Sean Walsh.

"Doing nothing about our admission prices is not an option at the present time," he told the Munster Convention last night. He said the main emphasis should be focused on families and on those who wanted to watch games from terraces, as last year's returns showed that the latter recorded the biggest drop-off.

Elsewhere, Mayo have rejected a request to play the Allianz Football League clash with Dublin in Croke Park on Friday week. The game will go ahead as originally planned on Sunday week.

Dublin asked that it be brought forward to complete a St Patrick's weekend spectacular, featuring the All-Ireland club finals in Croke Park on St Patrick's Day (Thursday), the Dublin-Mayo game in Croke Park on the Friday night followed by the Ireland-England rugby international in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

However, the Mayo County Board pointed out that if Mayo U-21s beat Roscommon in the first round of the Connacht championship on March 12, they would be action again a week later, making a March 19 senior game impractical.

Irish Independent

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