Bannerman Flynn set for transfer to Ballygunner

FORMER Clare and Galway hurler Fergus Flynn is set to transfer to Waterford club, Ballygunner.

Flynn, who is in his mid 20s and a student at Waterford Institute of Technology, will, however, be looking to his native Clare to provide him with an opportunity to resurrect his inter-county career.

A native of Ennis, Flynn controversially transferred at the end of 1998 from the Eire Óg club to Abbey/Duniry in Galway. He then transferred his county allegiance to the Corribsiders.

His inter-county career took yet another turn when he returned to Clare in 2001.

However, he departed for the United States before the commencement of the championship that year and hasn’t worn a county jersey since.

A Ballygunner spokesman declined to confirm or deny the Flynn transfer, but he said any club in the country would welcome a player of his ability “with open arms”.

Waterford secretary Seamas Grant hasn’t signed the necessary documentation, but reliable sources say Flynn’s transfer to the Gunners will be completed within a matter of days.

Meanwhile, Wexford’s Paul Codd is to miss the opening phase of the NHL. Codd, 27, who is expected to be confirmed as the team captain by his club Rathnure, has just embarked on a month’s holiday in Australia.

The management team will have to name an interim captain for their Walsh Cup game against Laois on Sunday. Prior to his departure, Codd had not returned to squad training and looks set to miss the opening series of league games beginning away to Derry on February 23.

Long-serving attacker David Cuddy is a surprise omission from the Laois team to challenge holders Wexford at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, on Sunday. New manager Paudie Butler has announced an experimental side with only five regulars, Cyril Cuddy, Paul Cuddy, Joe Phelan, Fionán O’Sullivan and James Young included in the starting 15. Cuddy’s regular full-forward berth has been taken by newcomer Liam Tynan, while Paul Cuddy will lead an experimental defence from centre-back. The side also has a new netminder in Kevin Galvin.

Meanwhile, Offaly have named a reasonably strong side for Sunday’s Walsh Cup tie against Mullingar. Although a number of established players are missing from the lineout, the side contains only three newcomers to competitive senior hurling. They are Kevin Brady (Coolderry) at fullback; Ger Rafferty (St Rynaghs) at centre-half forward and Neville Coughlan (Shamrocks) at left-half forward.

The team is: S Byrne; B Teehan, K Brady, C Murphy; C Cassidy, J Brady, D Franks; B Murphy, G Oakley; B Carroll, G Rafferty, N Coughlan; C Gath, K Kelly, D Murray.

LAOIS (SH v Wexford): K Galvin, L Mahon, Patrick Cuddy, T Phelan, C Cuddy, Paul Cuddy, J Phelan, J Young, E Maher, B McCormack, P Mahon, E Fennelly, M Dunphy, L Tynan, F O’Sullivan.

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