FOLLOWING Moorefield’s win over Two Mile House in the Senior Championship on Saturday evening, their manager, Ross Glavin, informed his players of his intention to be on Jack O’Connor’s management ticket when the Kerryman’s name is put forward for ratification at the next county board meeting on 3 September.
The 34-year-old was a hugely talented footballer and was part of the Kildare team that beat Dublin in the 2004 Leinster U21 Championship Final.
He made his senior debut for Kildare in the league of that year but had to wait until the summer of 2005 for his Championship bow.
Injury robbed him of the sort of Kildare career his talent deserved but he was a mainstay on a number of Moorefield Championship winning teams. He played in the 2006 Leinster Final win over Rhode and captained Moorefield to their 2013 county final win.
His first foray into management came in 2016 when he led Ballyteague to the Intermediate Championship quarter-finals. He took over Moorefield for the 2017 season and led them to not only a county title but also a famous come-from-behind win against St Lomans in the Leinster Final, and the team were only narrowly beaten by Corofin in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Glavin and Moorefield then retained the Kildare title the following year. Interestingly, the link between himself and O’Connor were built over these two seasons with O’Connor playing a big part of Moorefield’s success in the background.
Glavin remains committed to Moorefield for the remainder of this season and they continue to chase the illusive three-in-a-row.
Although not yet confirmed it is thought that Tom Cribbin, selector under Cian O’Neill last year, will also form part of O’Connor’s management team once it is finalised.