Johnston welcomes new faces

Johnston welcomes new faces

Cavan footballer Seanie Johnston has welcomed the inclusion of 10 of the U-21 squad in the Breffni County's senior set-up for this summer's Championship campaign.

Joint Cavan managers Val Andrews and Terry Hyland are working with a number of players who lined out in the Cadbury All-Ireland U-21 Football Championship final against Galway last month.

U-21 captain Gearoid McKiernan, goalkeeper Alan O'Mara, Niall Murray, Michael Brady, Niall McDermott, Fergal Flanagan, Oisin Minagh, Damien Barkey, Barry Reilly and Niall McKiernan have all been named in a new-look squad.

"It has to be a massive boost for us," admitted Johnston at today's GAA Ulster Senior Football Championship launch.

"It has brought a bit of a buzz to the county. Cavan brought around 20,000 supporters to that All-Ireland final in Croke Park. It has got that bit of enthusiasm back for football in Cavan.

"The lads have made everyone very proud in Cavan winning their Ulster U-21 Championship and no one can take that away from them, beating a very good Tyrone team in that final.

"The All-Ireland final didn't go according to plan, but they were asked to play a lot of very important games in a short space of time which was difficult for them.

"They have their Ulster title now and hopefully they are ready and able to push on and make good senior players for themselves."

Just 13 members of the 2010 Cavan senior squad, including Johnston, have made the cut this time around, with injury also ruling out a number of key players for the upcoming campaign.

Martin Reilly (cruciate ligament), Nicholas Walsh (back) and Gerald Pierson (knee) are all on the injury list at present.

However, there is positive news for Johnston who has put a bad run of injuries behind him and is fully fit to face either Antrim or Donegal on June 12.

"I'm fine at the moment and I have absolutely no problems," said the talented forward.

"I am training away and it has gone very well over the last few months, so I'm injury free thank God and I am hoping to have a good summer."

CAVAN (SFC Squad): James Reilly, Alan O'Mara, Damien Reilly, Dane O'Dowd, Dermot Sheridan, Mark McKeever, Martin Cahill, Stephen Jordan, Thomas Corr, John McCutcheon, Patrick Carroll, James McEnroe, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Cian Mackey, Keith Fannin, Michael Brennan, Ray Cullivan, Ronan Flanagan, Gareth Smith, Seanie Johnston, Eugene Keating, David Givney, Michael Lyng, Niall Murray, Gearoid McKiernan, Michael Brady, Niall McDermott, Fergal Flanagan, Oisin Minagh, Damien Barkey, Barry Reilly, Niall McKiernan.

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