Tuesday 24 April 2018

McGrath poised for return

Galway's U-21 manager Tony Keady at Oranmore, Co. Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes
Galway's U-21 manager Tony Keady at Oranmore, Co. Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Noel McGrath looks set to move closer to a comeback with inclusion the 26-man Tipperary squad for the first time this summer ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Galway.

The Tipperary forward has been out of action since being diagnosed with testicular cancer in April but has returned to training with the team in recent weeks. Now his elevation to the match-day squad heightens expectation that he could feature at some stage late in the game.

Pádraic Maher has overcome a shoulder ligament injury that he sustained in the opening stages of the Munster hurling final against Waterford. With Paddy Stapleton and Michael Cahill struggling with injuries the big decision for the Tipperary management to make focuses on one of the corner-back positions with Conor O'Brien and Michael Breen fighting it out.

Meanwhile, there is much speculation in Roscommon that a joint Fergie O'Donnell-Kevin McStay management is the preferred option to replace John Evans who did not seek re-election ahead of Wednesday night's County Board meeting.

O'Donnell managed Roscommon to the Connacht title in 2010, having previously overseen the 2006 All-Ireland minor success. He stepped away from senior management in 2011.

McStay is based in Roscommon and has managed St Brigid's to an All-Ireland club title in 2013.

He was interested in the vacant Mayo position last year but that position in his native county went to Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes instead.

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