Mayo GAA released a brief statement last night from manager James Horan on how things are shaping up with the Senior panel after his first few weeks back in charge. You can read the statement in full here.
In it, James confirms that over one hundred players from 44 clubs took part in the trial matches that were held over the October Bank Holiday weekend. Arising from the trials, he states that “lots” of new players have been brought into the squad to complement existing panel members.
The real work, James insists, starts now on “developing these players and building our game.” With this in mind, the group will, he says, be “working hard” between now and New Year preparing for the new season that lies ahead.
No details were provided in last night’s statement about which new players have been brought into the set-up in recent weeks, nor was any information supplied about existing panel members being released. As far as I know, no such details have been published in any of the local papers either. As a result, speculation about who might be in or out remains simply that, though no doubt when the action resumes in the New Year it’ll become clear fairly soon who’s involved and who isn’t.
The first match of the Horan II era takes place on Sunday, 6th January, when we face Leitrim away in the preliminary round of the FBD League. The first competitive assignment for the new management team comes, however, in the form of a Division One Round 1 clash with Roscommon at MacHale Park on Saturday, 26th January under the MacHale Park lights, where throw-in that evening will be at 7pm.
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