IT is a case of out with the old and in with the new as the Offaly Senior Footballers take to the field this Sunday in the newly named Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup against Westmeath in O’Connor Park at 2pm.
Gone from the panel are stalwarths Ciaran McManus, Karol Slattery and Scott Brady while other familiar names such as Clara trio Joe Quinn, Thomas Deehan and John Reynolds and Rhode’s Niall McNamee are also absent although it is hoped McNamee could be back with the panel for the start of the league.
Other players who had featured prominently during the Tom Cribbin era such as Sean Ryan, John Coughlan and Brian Connor are also not included in the initial early season panel.
However while there are a number of players not included, the new management team have brought back a number of experienced players while also infusing the squad with a number of young players who will be given an opportunity to secure a place for the league and championship ahead.
Tullamore’s Paul McConway, Erin Rovers’ Kevin Lynam and Ferbane’s Aidan Keenaghan return while among the new additions are Edenderry’s David Hanlon, Clara’s Lorcan Hiney, Ger Treacy of Cappincur, Tullamore’s Michael Brazil and Walsh Island goalkeeper Ian Duffy. Another new addition is Kilmacud Crokes Brian Hanamy who declared for Offaly under the parentage rule.
An eye catching inclusion is K/K’s Daniel Currams who lined out for the Senior Hurlers in 2011 but who was also a very productive footballer at underage level for the county. On top of the named panel, five other players are unavailable due to commitments with college teams and they are Bernard Allen, David Egan, John Maloney, Sean Pender and Anton Sullivan.
Offaly Panel: Ross Brady, Michael Brazil, Ken Casey, Daniel Currams, Richie Dalton, Fergal Daly, Brian Darby, Niall Darby, Nigel Dunne, Ian Duffy, James Gallagher, Graham Guilfoyle, Brian Hanamy, David Hanlon, Lorcan Hiney, James Keane, Aidan Keenaghan, Kevin Lynam, Kevin Meehan, Alan Mulhall, Willie Mulhall, Paul McConway, Niall Smith, Gerard Treacy