Sunday 19 November 2017

Galway jetsetter Glynn will be 'mostly at home', reveals Mannion

Galway defender Pádraic Mannion. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway defender Pádraic Mannion. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Galway defender Pádraic Mannion has revealed that Johnny Glynn's transatlantic commute to play for the Tribesmen this summer won't be as arduous as it sounds.

The powerful Glynn hasn't hurled for Galway since their 2015 campaign and has spend most of his time since in New York, where he lined out for their footballers in the near-miss against Roscommon in the Connacht SFC almost 12 months ago.

However, the former hurling All-Star nominee is back in with Micheál O'Donoghue's side now and Mannion revealed that he will be "mostly at home" this summer, with only sporadic trips stateside in between.

"To hear he's coming back being involved is a massive boost for the camp," Mannion said, ahead of Sunday's NHL semi-final clash with Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds at 2.0.

"I didn't think it would work if he was flying home for every game, or every training. That's not what the arrangement is going to be. It's a great boost to have him back into the squad.

"I'm not 100pc sure of the arrangement at the moment. He might have to go back the odd time over the summer, but he's going to be mostly at home."

The Ardrahan man trained with Galway on Monday night, having lined out with this club at the weekend.

And his return is a welcome boost to the Tribesmen, who came agonisingly close to toppling the future All-Ireland champions Tipperary at the last-four stage in 2016.

Only two goals in the final ten minutes helped Tipp win by the minimum after a breathless finish.

"He (Glynn) could have been (the difference against Tipp), but when you look at it, we still had some lads out there that were still doing the business," said Ahascragh-Fohenagh clubman Mannion.

"But, even at his age, he's only 24 I think, he has massive experience.

"And for a player like that to be coming back into the knockout stages of the league and into the championship. For the younger lads, a player like that to come in is massive.

"A player like that, you can't really replace him, but we didn't have a terrible year last year either.

"We were unlucky in the semi-final, beaten by a good Tipp team that went on to win the All-Ireland. It's a massive boost to have him back, his ball-winning ability, and he even pops up with score as well, it's massive to have into the squad."

And Mannion reckons the return of Joe Canning to full fitness after a serious hamstring injury that might have put his career in jeopardy is another lift for the side.

"It was a very serious injury. Having a player like Joe on his game is massive because he even improves lads around him," Mannion added. "At the time, on the day of the injury, we probably didn't know how serious it was until afterwards.

"Joe being Joe was back even before time. It's massive to have him back, and I know we started the league without him, but when you have him coming back, especially into the knockout stages and building for the championship, it is massive."

Irish Independent

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