New Galway manager Micheál Donoghue admits he is unsure as to the availability of All Star nominee Jonathan Glynn for the season ahead.
Powerful forward Glynn moved to America after Galway’s defeat to Kilkenny in last year’s All-Ireland final and has yet to indicate whether he will be moving home to return to the Galway panel.
Donoghue last night confirmed that talks are ongoing, but that he is hopeful further talks in the coming weeks could see an about turn.
“Johnny went to America, but I’ve spoken to him on a few occasions. It’s just ongoing at the moment,” said Donoghue.
“We’re respectful of what he wanted to do and it’s something we’ll revisit in a few weeks time. Hopefully, we can work out something together.”
Donoghue also announced that David Burke would captain the Tribesmen for 2016, with Burke saying he was hugely proud to be handed the honour in Donoghue’s first season.
Burke, 26, replaces David Collins as skipper and will lead his county for the first time this year when they face Cork in the opening game of the National Hurling League in a fortnight.
Burke won his second All Star last year as Galway fell at the final hurdle against Kilkenny, but he says he hopes to lead by example by concentrating on his own form.
“I’m delighted and was proud when Micheál asked me to lead this group of lads. They are a great group of lads, so I’m looking forward to the year. I’m proud to be representing the club and my family by leading these lads,” said Burke.
“I was vice-captain two years ago, and I said if I ever got the chance again, to lead the team, I’d do it, even though there are plenty of leaders there, but I am really looking forward to it.
“It doesn’t really [change anything]. You are still looking at your own performance at the end of the day; what you can bring to the team and that is what I will be focusing on. If I play well, lads around me, it might spur them on to play well also.”
Donoghue said Burke’s status as a leader made it easy for him to choose the St Thomas clubman as his captain and that he has played a key role in the squad since he took charge.
“I have the height of respect for him. He has been a top performer for the county. Since we have taken the role, we have had a lot of discussions and stuff.
“He has been a standout players and a standout leader in the dressing, so it has been an obvious choice for us,” said Donoghue.
Meanwhile, Conor Cooney is unlikely to see any action in the group stages of Galway’s Division 1 campaign after he had surgery on a hip problem in the autumn.
Cooney missed much of last season through injury, but made it back in time to make an appearance as a substitute in the All-Ireland final.
However, Donoghue thinks it will be a few weeks before the St Thomas forward returns to running.
“Conor had surgery on his hip, so he’s recovering well now. He is probably one of the long-term ones. I’d don’t know how long it’ll be. I’d say, maybe, three months, but we’re assessing him to see how he goes, but we’re hopeful in the next four or five weeks that he’ll be back running.
“We don’t want to put any timescale or pressure on him. He’s gone through a lot of injuries, so we are just working with him to get him back,” said Donoghue.
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