Healy switches codes in fresh blow for Laois boss Brennan
Laois hurling boss Eddie Brennan has been handed another blow for the coming season with former dual star Cahir Healy swapping codes and plying his trade with the footballers.
Healy, who is based in London and flies home at weekends, has concentrated his attention on the small ball in recent years but is set to link up with John Sugrue's squad for the coming year.
Portlaoise ace Healy would be a huge addition to Sugrue's plans as the O'Moore men bid to build further on a promising season which saw them reach the Leinster final and gain promotion to Division 3.
It is yet another setback for Brennan, however, with the Kilkenny legend already without a host of familiar faces as Laois bid to secure Joe McDonagh Cup honours next summer.
Healy's exit comes on the back of Rathdowney-Errill's Ross King, who was captain in 2018, opting out of the panel after an unsavoury incident in this year's Laois SHC final loss to Camross and will make things much more difficult for Brennan.
"There's a lot of other guys not in here and that's something that definitely has to be looked at going forward, say how do we change that? Ciaran (Collier) opted not to come in," Brennan said this week.
"You can talk to lads all you want but to me it's very disappointing. It's something I just do not get. I just can't understand why lads would not want to hurl for their county. To me, if you excel with your club there should be a drive and a grá to do that."
Meanwhile, former Dublin U-21 boss John McEvoy has taken the reins as Derry senior hurling manager for 2019, replacing Collie McGurk.
McEvoy brings a wealth of experience having coached Dublin's seniors but he isn't the only Dub in the set-up with John McGuirk also joining him, while Antrim's Brian Delargy is also a selector for the Oak Leafers.