McCarthy may face Limerick delegates

LIMERICK hurling boss Justin McCarthy may address Thursday night’s special county board meeting to outline his plans for 2010.

Shannonside hurling has been rocked in recent weeks since McCarthy dropped 12 members of this year’s squad while another eight have since walked out in protest at the manager’s actions.

Limerick GAA chiefs are to meet in Ballyagran on Thursday evening to discuss the spilt which has developed between McCarthy and the majority of the 2009 panel. They will also vote whether or not to back the proposed merger between the GPA and the GAA ahead of a Central Council meeting at Croke Park on Saturday.

Last week Limerick officials met with the ‘09 senior hurlers in what county chairman Liam Lenihan described as an ‘open and frank’ discussion. The executive of the board will now convey the players’ views to delegates at this week’s meeting.

Lenihan said of their talks with the players: “We got our views on the situation across and they got their views across. We had an open and frank meeting on Thursday night.

“We will now convey those views to Thursday night’s meeting and move on from there.”

The meeting which will begin at 7.30pm and will be held in camera according to Mr Lenihan.

Meanwhile, AFL club St Kilda will this decide this week whether or not to offer a professional contract to Kerry’s David Moran.

The All-Ireland winner has spent the past three weeks on trial with the club and has impressed officials with the Melbourne club who have signed fellow Kerryman Tommy Walsh on a two-year international rookie deal.

The club’s general manager of football and list management Matthew Drain said: “We’re doing endurance tests with him today. It’s standard for any player that we’re recruiting. We won’t be making a decision until after they are completed. It’s too hard to say (if he will be signed) because we haven’t sat down and analysed everything yet.” However he admitted: “We’ve been really impressed with him so far. To go from amateur sport to training professionally every day... he’s put in a big effort and we’ve been happy with his standard.

“His endurance is good and his skills have been good overall. We’ve been very impressed with the way he’s gone about it. We think he’s brought a lot to the table with regards the effort he’s put in.”

Should Moran impress he could be signed immediately according to Drain. “There are a few options. We could sign him up straight away or we could leave it until next year.

“But there are spots there on the rookie list so we could sign him now, if we make the decision to do so,” he added.


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