Dolan 'disheartened' at lack of Maughan call

Frankie Dolan may be eyeing up an AIB Connacht club title with Roscommon champions St Brigid's this Sunday, but the fiery forward could be forgiven for having his mind on other things.

Frankie Dolan may be eyeing up an AIB Connacht club title with Roscommon champions St Brigid's this Sunday, but the fiery forward could be forgiven for having his mind on other things.

Dolan was one of five long-time members of the Roscommon inter-county panel that were not called upon by new manager John Maughan for a meeting of the Ros players last Saturday.

The attendance of 2001 All-Star Francie Grehan, madcap goalkeeper and former captain Shane Curran, Nigel Dineen and Mike Ryan was also not sought by Maughan, who confirmed Gerry Fitzmaurice and Eamonn McManus Sr as members of his backroom staff to the 30-plus players present last weekend.

Dolan was in electric form from placed balls for St Brigid's in last Sunday's Connacht semi-final - he kicked 0-7 (0-5f, 1 '45, 1 sline) to help see off Leitrim's Kiltubrid by 1-11 to 1-7. Galway's Salthill/Knocknacarra await in this weekend's provincial decider.

The fact that Karol Mannion, John Tiernan and Darragh Donnelly, three of Dolan's Brigid's team mates, were present at Maughan's first meeting would suggest that Dolan's inter-county career may be at an end.

In an interview with local radio station Ros FM, Dolan said: “I’ve been around the Roscommon scene for a few years now and nothing surprises me to be honest. If I’m not part of the future of Roscommon football, so be it but I expected a phonecall to let me know where I stood.

“It has always been an honour to play for Roscommon. Things haven’t always gone well in the past but I still want to play for my county. Given that there seemed to be a fresh start, I was willing to work hard to get my place back. It doesn’t look very good at the moment but you never know what might happen during the next couple of weeks.”

He added: "It’s very surprising that so many (experienced) players have been omitted from the panel. You should always try and play your best team. We’ll see what happens."

Training for the new Roscommon panel begins next Thursday.

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