Cummins to Stay
Veteram Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins has vowed to fight on for another year as the Premier County look to dethrone All-Ireland champions Kilkenny.
“There hasn’t been any talk of retiring from anyone in the squad,” said Cummins. “I think the average age of the team is 22 if you take me out of it, but I bring it up to 25 or 26. These are young fellas.
“We have the culture that it is very competitive. I’m sure Liam Sheedy and the backroom team is going to have to freshen it up so, unfortunately, people will lose out.
“That’s the way it has to be because everybody has to be looking over their shoulder. If that culture is to grow he has got hard decisions to make in 2010.
“But everything Liam has done has been perfect so far so I don’t see any reason why he won’t do this right.”
A FORTHCOMING hip operation has forced Donegal star Brendan Devenney to call time on his inter-county career. Devenney said, “I didn’t want to play last year, but John Joe Doherty and them were stuck during the National League and I said I’d go down.
“I stayed then. All those boys I would consider friends, so it was more for them. I’ve fallen out of love with the county. It’s not something that’s in my heart any more.
“I believe in the club. If you’re going to get so involved in something you have to really believe in it. I did really believe in county football in the early years, but later on I found it is not really that enjoyable to play.”
WEXFORD boss Colm Bonnar has urged veteran goalie Damien Fitzhenry to play on for another year. “I hope to speak with all of the players who I would like to be part of our squad for next year and Damien is one of those,” said Bonnar . . .
ARMAGH have finally appointed the former Down captain Paddy O’Rourke as their new manager in succession to Peter McDonnell. The 1991 All-Ireland winner takes over on a three year deal and previously managed his native county . . .
TYRONE boss Mickey Harte is to hold a series of trial games in the coming weeks in a bid to freshen up his squad for next season. “We would plan to hold trials. We have a fair idea of players we would be looking at. Definitely, there would be a number of the minors from last year among the ones we would be looking at,” said Harte . . .
DOWN defender Liam Doyle is to undergo a series of injections into his injured knee in a bid to be fit for next year’s championship campaign under new boss James McCartan . . .
CLARE’S Darach Honan has been named as player of the year in the Bord Gais under-21 hurling championship after helping his county to their first ever title at that level.
ALL-Ireland legend David Hickey has returned to inter-county football as a selector with Dublin after the resignation of Paul Nugent from Pat Gilroy’s management team . . .
FERMANAGH manager Malachy O’Rourke has added Johnny McBride to his backroom team, while Ciaran Donnelly has quit as manager of the county’s minor side . . DESSIE Dolan may quit the Westmeath panel for next season despite starring for Garrycastle as they won the County SFC final against St. Loman’s on Sunday . . .
FORMER Armagh player Kevin Dyas has followed the recent trend and announced his decision to quit Aussie Rules side Collingwood and return home . . .
LAOIS star James Young has quit the county squad after he failed to have a ban overturned following an incident in a club game . . .
KERRYMAN Mickey Ned O’Sullivan is to go forward for a fifth year in charge of the Limerick senior football team . . .
PETE McGrath is the new favorite to take over the vacant managerial role with the Louth footballers . . .
LIMERICK’S Ollie Moran has confirmed his retirement from inter-county hurling.
FORMER Ireland boss Steve Staunton is back in management as the new gaffer at Darlington, currently the bottom club in English football. Staunton has signed a deal that runs until the end of the season with the side languishing at the bottom of League Two in England and yet to win a game this campaign . . .
WINGER Keith Treacy has been called into the Ireland under-21 squad for the forthcoming UEFA Championship qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland after a recent knee injury proved less serious than first thought.
CONNACHT prop Robbie Morris has been handed a three-week suspension by an IRFU disciplinary hearing after he was cited for striking Ulster’s Darren Anderson in their recent Magners League game . . .
LEICESTER captain Geordan Murphy is a doubt for Ireland’s November internationals against Australia, Fiji and South Africa after tests confirmed he dislocated his shoulder on club duty last week . . .
THE IRFU has announced that Ireland A will play Tonga at Ravenhill and the Argentina Jaguars at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin in November.