Wednesday 18 September 2019

'We have to see how our journey will go' - Tom Parsons in line to make Mayo return during 2019 championship

Tom Parsons of Mayo arrives prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 match between Limerick and Mayo at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Tom Parsons of Mayo arrives prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 match between Limerick and Mayo at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

John Brennan

Tom Parsons will play some part in Mayo's bid for the Sam Maguire Cup this summer - but Mayo boss James Horan doesn't know exactly when the big midfielder will be able to return to action.

Parsons suffered a horrific knee injury when playing against Galway in the Connacht Championship last year and it has been a long, slow road back, one on which Parsons still has a distance to travel.

"Tom hasn't played any football yet. Our medical team and physios are delighted with his progress, but he still has a way to go yet. He won't be playing against New York on May 5, and after that we have to see how our journey will go, but he will join us at some point," said Horan.

With the Championship looming on Sunday week, Horan is still tinkering with his panel for the summer. "We're still looking at bringing in a few players, Mike Murray of Ballina is one we've brought in in recent times and we've let a few more go and there may be a few more to go too.

"But the reality is that, as I talk to you, we've only four more sessions together as a group before we play New York and that's it."

Horan was speaking at Connacht's launch of their Championship summer, where they unveiled plans for a football pitch under a Dome at their HQ at Bekan near Knock.

At its height the structure will be twice as high as the Croke Park goalposts, and the astroturf pitch and bleacher seating for 600 people, will allow for the playing of FBD games in January, Colleges matches and other contests in winter when grass pitches would not be available.

A 2.1million grant from the Department of Rural Development helped and the GAA's Central Council and Connacht Council will be making a contribution to the Dome which is scheduled to open on December 2nd this year. 

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