Friday 18 October 2019

Miles on the clock are no concern for Mayo's Keegan

Lee Keegan:
Lee Keegan: "We have more fitness in us than we did last year." Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Footballer of the Year Leeroy Keegan insists he has no fears over whether Mayo have the legs to rebuild their All-Ireland challenge through the back door.

Keegan and his Mayo team-mates will have to go the long way if they are to finally secure Sam Maguire, after crashing out of the Connacht Championship at the hands of Galway for the second year running.

And despite coming off six consecutive seasons that has seen them progress at least as far as the All-Ireland semi-final, the Westport man believes they have enough in the tank to navigate their way through the back door.

"I think the age profile isn't too bad so I think we'll be fine," Keegan said.

"We have a two-week break to reassess so I wouldn't be too worried about the miles on the clock because we showed at the weekend when we were four points down with 15 minutes to go that we had the energy in us to try and get back into the game. So I think we have plenty in the legs, it's not something I worry about.

Worried "We have more fitness in us than we did last year particularly when we played Galway last year we didn't show at all what we can do and last year when it came to the All-Ireland final our legs were pretty good so I wouldn't be worried in terms of that."

And while he believes Mayo can get back to the business end, he insists Galway have improved substantially in the last 12 months.

"It is very disappointing, I am talking about Galway winning against us at the weekend but the reality is that they are an up-and-coming team and they are a team that will be very hard to stop.

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"It will be interesting to see what happens this year, but we won't come across them until hopefully the semi-final stage. And that is a long way away for us at the moment."

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