Wednesday 18 September 2019

Sexton blow for Banner as Horan trims Mayo squad

Waterford stormed back from six points down. (stock photo)
Waterford stormed back from six points down. (stock photo)
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Clare will be without one of their most potent attackers for this year's championship campaign as Keelan Sexton has opted out of the Banner football fold to travel Stateside for the summer.

Sexton's loss is a huge blow to Clare boss Colm Collins as the Kilmurry Ibrickane forward was one of their leading performers throughout the League and he saved their Division 2 status with a last-minute goal in their round-seven defeat of Tipperary.

The UL student is heading to Boston and will miss next month's Munster SFC opener with Waterford, where the winner is rewarded with a semi-final date against Kerry.

Meanwhile, James Horan has trimmed his Mayo squad ahead of their Connacht SFC trip to face New York on May 5, with some experienced faces leaving the fray.

The Connaught Telegraph report that Jason Gibbons, Conor O'Shea, Colm Moran, Cathal Horan, James Kelly and Ryan O'Donoghue have been released, with further cuts expected ahead of their visit to the Big Apple.

Elsewhere, Mayo native Pearce Hanley will become the fifth Irish player to make 150 AFL appearances in the early hours of tomorrow morning when the 30-year-old lines out for the Gold Coast Suns against Adelaide Crows.

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