Thursday 22 March 2018

O Flatharta to trawl Galway for talent

New Galway football boss Tomás Ó Flatharta has invited the managers of all the clubs in the county to a meeting to outline his plans and to launch a search for new talent.

Club chairman and secretaries have also been invited to the meeting, which will take place at the Galway football board headquarters in Claregalway this evening.

The Kerry native and former Westmeath manager wants to search the county for new talent, especially at junior and intermediate levels.

"We will operate an open squad throughout the year and it's important we take a good look at all the talent that is there," he said.

"Galway is a strong traditional football county and we want to make sure that all players get a chance to bid for a place."

Meanwhile, the break-up of the great Portumna hurling team has started with Galway defender Eugene McEntee announcing his retirement.

The 32-year-old full-back has been one of the key figures as they won five Galway and three All-Ireland club titles since 2003.

But their bid to reach an eighth successive Galway final ended two weeks ago when they were defeated in a semi-final replay by Loughrea.

Now McEntee has become the first of the Portumna contingent to call it a day. "I had my decision made a long time ago but I was waiting to see how the year would pan out with Portumna, it was always going to be the same scenario."

Irish Independent

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