Thursday 22 February 2018

Egan named Offaly skipper as Derry unveil League squad

Colin Egan succeeds Dan Currams as Offaly skipper: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Colin Egan succeeds Dan Currams as Offaly skipper: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Colin Egan has been named captain of the Offaly hurlers for 2016 but Eamonn Kelly's side face an injury crisis ahead of their opening day trip to Clare on Sunday.

The Belmont clubman, who played at No 6 last year under Brian Whelahan but has been restored to his more accustomed role in the half-forward line, is one of the elder statesmen of a young Faithful side and succeeds Dan Currams as skipper.

Currams faces a spell on the sidelines, while clubmate Conor Mahon, Seir Kieran pair Dermot Mooney and Eanna Murphy, and Birr's Sean Ryan are also out of the Ennis opener.

A depleted Faithful side will meet Division 1B favourites Clare; Kelly will take on his old side Kerry, who he guided to promotion and Christy Ring Cup success last season, in the final round.

Meanwhile, Derry manager Tom McLean has named his 32-strong panel ahead of their Division 2A campaign with representatives from all eight senior clubs.

With the retirements of the Hinphey brothers and Ruairi McCloskey, McLean's panel is boosted by the return of experienced defender Paddy Kelly.

New faces Mark McGuigan, Meehaul McGrath and Gareth O'Kane, all from county champions Slaughtneil, are welcome additions, while Banagher's Seán McCullagh is captain once again.

The Oak Leaf County meet Antrim, minus the Cushendall contingent, in a difficult assignment this weekend, the first of their five League encounters.

Irish Independent

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