Monday 14 October 2019

Doran opts out of Model panel while Sheedy adds Egan to Tipp backroom

Davy Fitzgerald must plan without Podge Doran for 2019 after the Oylegate-Glenbrien attacker turned down an invitation to rejoin the Wexford hurling squad. Photo: Ger Hore
Davy Fitzgerald must plan without Podge Doran for 2019 after the Oylegate-Glenbrien attacker turned down an invitation to rejoin the Wexford hurling squad. Photo: Ger Hore
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Davy Fitzgerald must plan without Podge Doran for 2019 after the Oylegate-Glenbrien attacker turned down an invitation to rejoin the Wexford hurling squad.

It was expected that towering forward Doran - outstanding at club level this season - would return to the panel after sitting out 2018 but Model boss Fitzgerald revealed that he was unwilling to commit.

"I asked him if he was prepared to give the commitment and re-join the squad but he was not prepared to give this," Fitzgerald told the Wexford People. "He said he wouldn't be returning. He does not wish to commit."

Jack Guiney's inter-county future is also up in the air after the Rathnure attacker parted ways with the county squad midway through last season due to injury before spending last summer hurling in New York.

Fitzgerald's replacement after 16 years as manager of Limerick IT has also been found with current Clare selector Jimmy Browne set to take charge with assistance from former Tipp star Shane McGrath.

Another player unlikely to feature next season is Tipperary's Michael Cahill after the former All-Star defender underwent surgery for a cruciate knee ligament injury.

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Cahill joins Tipp team-mates Brendan Maher and Bill McCarthy on the sidelines with the trio nursing serious knee injuries and under pressure to get back into the plans of Liam Sheedy for 2019.

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Sheedy has added Darragh Egan to his backroom team as goalkeeping coach with the 2010 All-Ireland winner set to combine with new hurling coach Tommy Dunne.

Waterford also have a new goalkeeping coach with recently-retired keeper Ian O'Regan making a swift transition into Páraic Fanning's backroom team after giving 14 years of service to the Déise. A Mount Sion clubmate of Fanning's, O'Regan will work closely with All-Star No 1 Stephen O'Keeffe.

Meanwhile, Donegal are expected to confirm that ex-Mayo manager Stephen Rochford will join the set-up as a coach as Declan Bonner moves quickly to replace Karl Lacey.

Elsewhere, beaten finalists Cork (six) edge out All-Ireland champions Tipperary (five) on the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Team of the Year with Leinster champions Galway and runners-up Wexford completing the star-studded 15 with two each. Galway's Fintan Burke joins Premier pair Ger Browne and Jake Morris as well as Cork's Mark Coleman on the shortlist for Player of the Year.

Tipp's Jason Forde, Waterford's Noel Connors and Clare's David McInerney will backbone Ireland's 20-man squad for Saturday's Hurling/Shinty clash in Inverness.

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