Monday 22 January 2018

Kidare refuse to rule out McConville and Ryan link

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kildare Co Board chairman John McMahon has not ruled out the possibility of two additions to the county's senior management team in the coming days.

There has been mounting speculation that the former Wexford manager Jason Ryan could be added to the Kildare ticket as Kieran McGeeney's assistant.

McGeeney has returned to Ireland after an extended spell in the US and is expected to finalise his backroom team this week.

"We definitely haven't appointed anyone yet. We're still talking about a number of options. Kieran is just back in the country but we would hope to have it tied up this week," McMahon said.

The name of Crossmaglen Rangers Oisin McConville has also been mentioned locally as a prospective forwards coach but given his involvement with his club until the third week in February that would make any role difficult.

Ryan has consistently said since his departure that he would like to remain involved in coaching.

His name has been linked to Kildare since Niall Carew's sudden departure as selector in October. Carew has since taken over as Waterford manager.

Elsewhere, Limerick midfielder John Galvin is on course to return to inter-county action some time in March following a cruciate ligament tear in a league match against Fermanagh last March.

"He's well into his rehab and is just starting straight-line running again," said Limerick manager Maurice Horan.

Meanwhile, the younger brother of Mark McHugh has been called into the Donegal squad. Ryan McHugh was Man of the Match in last weekend's Donegal minor final, which his Kilcar team won for the second time in three years.

Mark McGowan from St Eunan's has also been called up on the back of some strong performances for his club.

Irish Independent

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