Monday 11 December 2017

Kevin McStay confirms two Roscommon stars won't be available for 2017 season

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay has confirmed that Cathal Cregg and Neil Collins will not be part of his squad this season.

There has been speculation for some time about the immediate future for the pair but McStay confirmed their absence after today's five-point FBD Connacht League final defeat to Galway in Kiltoom.

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Cregg is completing a PhD this year and has decided to concentrate on that while Collins is understood to have added work commitments that may take him to the US this year.

Cregg has been one of Roscommon's most consistent players in recent seasons and currently works for Connacht GAA.

Collins was a defensive pillar during last year's league but a serious hamstring injury ended his championship prior to last year's Connacht final.

Roscommon have made extensive changes to their squad since last season with Senan Kilbride, Geoffrey Claffey and Niall Carty all retiring while Donie Shine, David Keenan, Sean Purcell and James McDermott, who all featured in last year's championship, are no longer part of the squad.

Galway won the game by 2-14 to 0-15 thanks to goals in either half from Cillian McHugh and Danny Cummins.

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