Offaly boosted by returning players

Offaly boosted by returning players

Offaly's interim football manager Tom Coffey is piecing together his panel ahead of their crunch Leinster SFC clash with Kildare on June 17.

Clara's Ross Brady, Thomas Deehan and John Reynolds have accepted invitations to return to the squad, along with Gracefield's Niall Smith and Richie Dalton from Edenderry, and Birr's Donie Ryan has also received a call-up.

Brady, Smith and Dalton decided to withdraw during a forgettable Allianz League campaign which ended with relegation to Division 4 and Gerry Cooney stepping down as manager.

Cooney decided to drop both Deehan and Reynolds but the pair are now back on board under a Coffey-led management that includes newly-appointed selectors Phil O'Reilly (Tullamore) and Pat Lowry (Clara).

There have been unsuccessful approaches made to both Karol Slaterry and Scott Brady, while in addition Coffey is attempting to coax Ciaran McManus out of retirement.

The strong-running former Leinster SFC title winner retired from the inter-county scene last November and has yet to give the new Offaly boss an answer, as he is currently sitting exams.

The return of a number of battle-hardened players will give the Faithfuls a timely boost, especially as their promising midfielder Brian Connor recently decided to spend the summer in Chicago.

More in this Section

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reveals he had coronavirusLeicester boss Brendan Rodgers reveals he had coronavirus

Brighton considering possibility of friendlies before Premier League restartBrighton considering possibility of friendlies before Premier League restart

Ian Maguire: Cork's league campaign not for nothing, even if declared null and voidIan Maguire: Cork's league campaign not for nothing, even if declared null and void

Puspure: Ireland could lose Olympic prospects to retirement if 5km restriction not easedPuspure: Ireland could lose Olympic prospects to retirement if 5km restriction not eased


Lifestyle

A whiff of new normality is in the air, writes Des O'SullivanAntiques: How to put a post-lockdown world in the frame

Another week, another fiendishly fun test of your arts and showbiz knowledge from Irish Examiner Arts Editor Des O'DriscollScene & Heard: Fun culture quiz

The story of how the Cork-based executive head chef faced her “demons” and turned around her life just before her 30th birthday.This is me: Trisha Lewis transforms her body and mindset

A star-studded finale from the Late Late Show and a classic Brazil v France encounter feature among today's top tips.Friday's TV Highlights: A star-studded finale from the Late Late Show and a classic Brazil v France encounter

More From The Irish Examiner