Tuesday 20 August 2019

Joe Sheridan set for shock Meath return - as a goalkeeper

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former Meath star Joe Sheridan has made a surprise return to the Royal County’s senior football panel, with management understood to be looking at the Seneschalstown clubman as a goalkeeping option.

Sheridan hasn’t featured for Meath since the 2013 season, after which then manager Mick O’Dowd deemed him surplus to requirements.

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But new boss Andy McEntee has recalled the 32 year-old and is considering the former county full-forward as an option between the posts, despite his inexperience in the position.

Paddy O’Rourke has been Meath’s regular netminder in recent seasons, with Conor McHugh from the Oldcastle club also seeing action under O’Dowd.

And it seems there will now be increased competition for the No 1 jersey with Sheridan’s inclusion in McEntee’s extended squad.

Sheridan established himself as one of the county’s top marksmen in a Meath career that started under Sean Boylan back in 2004.

He will be forever associated with the late goal against Louth that saw the Royals win the controversial Leinster final of 2010.

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Sheridan’s inter-county days looked to be at an end after 2013 but McEntee has thrown him a lifeline as he looks to revive the Royal County’s footballing fortunes.

McEntee has persuaded Donaghmore Ashbourne’s Bryan Menton to return to the panel after opting out last year, while Adam Flanagan is in contention again after injury.

However, it’s expected that regular midfielder Harry Rooney will spend 2017 abroad.

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