Sunday 22 July 2018

Future of All-Ireland-winning Galway star up in the air ahead of 2018 title defence

3 September 2017; Jonathan Glynn of Galway during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
3 September 2017; Jonathan Glynn of Galway during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

JOHNNY GLYNN’s return to the Galway hurling fold is still up in the air with the towering attacker yet to make a decision about whether he will continue to fly back from his base in New York for the 2018 championship.

Glynn caused a stir last year when making regular commutes from the Big Apple to tog out for the Tribesmen – he was based at home from the Leinster final onwards, only returning back to the States for a few days after each game – and sources close to the Galway camp are hopeful that he will do likewise again as they bid to retain their All-Ireland SHC crown.

The 24-year-old’s only competitive start of 2018 came in their historic All-Ireland final defeat of Waterford when lining out at full-forward and manager Micheál Donoghue is said to be keen to avail of his services once again with a decision on his participation to be made in the coming weeks.

The Ardrahan forward is expected home from America – where he works as a project manager with Topline Dry Wall – next week for the first round of the Galway SHC and with two games to be played next month, the picture will be a lot clearer then.

Rumours of an April 1 deadline being placed on his return were rubbished and Galway will hope to have him in tow as they begin the defence of their Leinster and All-Ireland titles against Offaly on May 12 in O’Connor Park.

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