There’s Mayo GAA stuff in the papers again today, this time it’s related to Cillian O’Connor’s appearance at HQ yesterday for the launch of the GAA’s Off the Booze and On the Ball campaign. Interviews with Cillian are in the Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner.
The first two of those focus on the past and the by now irrelevant issue about whether or not Cillian should have gone for goal with that last-gasp free in the dying seconds of this year’s All-Ireland final. Regardless of what he should or shouldn’t have done then, what’s certain is that it’s all undoable at this stage, which would make you wonder why the journos would want to dangle the issue in front of him now. From the two articles, it’s clear that Cillian is still beating himself up about it, which of course he has no cause to do, not least given the superb year he put in and despite the fact that he was crocked for a lot of it.
Of more interest is how he is now and when he’s likely to be back in action. With his troublesome shoulder having at last been operated on, the Irish Examiner reports that he’s starting his rehab work this week and is targeting a return to the fray at some point between the middle of March and early April. That Irish Times piece states that Cillian is “aiming at two or three league games at best”.
With everyone seemingly in agreement that we need to look at fresh options in attack (not instead of Cillian, let me hasten to add), the Ballintubber man’s forced absence in the early part of next year opens up at least one place for experimentation. As a result, it’d be good to see some tangible evidence of increased firepower in this area by the time Cillian is back and ready for action once more.