Nicky Joyce absent from Galway's SFC panel

Galway manager Alan Mulholland has announced a 31-man squad for the 2012 Football Championship, but insisted he is 'not closing the door' on any players who have not made the initial cut.

Galway manager Alan Mulholland has announced a 31-man squad for the 2012 Football Championship, but insisted he is 'not closing the door' on any players who have not made the initial cut.

Experienced forward Nicky Joyce tops the list of absentees. The Killererin clubman, who did not feature for the Tribesmen in 2011, is unable to give the necessary commitment this summer.

Mulholland was keen for Joyce to be involved in his first season in charge, giving him a personal training plan before Christmas in the hope that he would recapture his best form.

He proved his fitness and turned in some encouraging displays during his six Allianz League appearances, and he also played for Connacht in the M Donnelly Interprovincial Championship.

But Mulholland confirmed: "Nicky is not in a position to give a commitment at the moment to inter-county football and therefore, he has been released from the squad.

"We will be keeping an eye on club games over the coming weeks and we are not closing the door on anyone."

Joyce's cousin, former Footballer of the year Padraic Joyce, is an injury concern ahead of Galway's Connacht Championship opener against Roscommon on May 20. The game will come too soon for the injured Conor Doherty and Fiontán O'Curraoin.

"Padraic is still not back training with us and with the Roscommon game on May 20, time is really running out," admitted Mulholland.

"He picked up the calf strain during training (last week) and he hasn't been right since. Hopefully we can have him back next week all going well."

GALWAY 2012 SFC Panel: Adrian Faherty, Colin Forde, Conor Doherty, Cormac Bane, Damien Burke, Danny Cummins, Diarmaid Blake, Finian Hanley, Fiontán O'Curraoin, Garreth Bradshaw, Gary O'Donnell, Gary Sice, Gary Sweeney, Greg Higgins, Joe Bergin, Johnny Duane, Joss Moore, Keith Kelly, Kieran McGrath, Manus Breathnach, Mark Hehir, Michael Boyle, Michael Martin, Michael Meehan, Niall Coleman, Padraic Joyce, Paul Conroy, Peadar O'Griofa, Sean Armstrong, Thomas Flynn, Tomas Fahy.

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