Rogers to captain Down team

Influential midfielder Ambrose Rogers has been chosen as captain of the Down senior footballers for the 2012 Championship.

Influential midfielder Ambrose Rogers has been chosen as captain of the Down senior footballers for the 2012 Championship.

Rogers' previous run as captain was cut short by the cruciate knee ligament injury which ruled him out for over a year, missing the 2010 All-Ireland SFC final against Cork in the process.

The Longstone clubman was back to his ball-winning best during the recent Allianz League when the captaincy was rotated. He formed a very effective centre-field partnership with Kalum King.

Rogers is hoping to spearhead Down's challenge for a first Ulster SFC title since 1994 - their quest begins against Fermanagh on Sunday, June 3.

King and skilful forward Danny Hughes have been named as vice-captains by manager James McCartan, who is currently without broken ankle victim Benny Coulter.

Hughes is a doubt for the Fermanagh game with a hamstring injury, while fellow 2010 All-Star Coulter, who damaged his ankle playing for Mayobridge last month, is a certain absentee. Both players have been named in McCartan's 37-man Championship panel.

Among the players to miss out on selection are Paul McComiskey, who has not played for the Mourne men since last year, and former Armagh minor Conor Gough who switched counties in November.

DOWN 2012 SFC PANEL: A Rogers, D Hughes, K King, B McVeigh, G McCartan, D Rooney, B McArdle, D Rafferty, K McKernan, C Garvey, M Poland, B Coulter, C Maginn, D Gordon, C Laverty, D McCartan, A Carr, A Branagan, E McCartan, K Duffin, A McArdle, L Doyle, G McAnulty, P Turley, D Turley, M Miskelly, A McConville, N McParland, N Branagan, C Brannigan, O Costello, T Hanna, M McAllister, S Harrison, B O'Reilly, D O'Hare, D O'Hagan.

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