JACK O’Connor and David Herity have named their respective panels for the upcoming Allianz National League which begin with a double header in St Conleths Park on 26 January.
Kerryman O’Connor has named a 37 man panel for the upcoming league. That’s two more than originally planned due to Fergal Conway and Aaron Masterson carrying injuries that are likely to see them sidelined for majority of the league.
2019 Kildare Player of the Year Conway recently had an operation on a knee problem and is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks while it is suspected that Masterson has a broken bone in his foot. Kevin Feely is also carrying an injury at the moment and is in a race against time to be fit for the first game against Fermanagh.
With those injuries taken into consideration it is interesting to note that Round Towers goalkeeper James Robinson has been called into the squad while Aaron O’Neill is grouped among the outfielders on the panel. O’Neill has been the back up goalkeeper to Mark Donnellan for the last two seasons and was between the posts for the 2018 U20 All-Ireland winning team but has played a lot of his football outfield for Carbury and often been one of their best players in that position.
Robinson is one of eight players on the panel who have not previously played league football along with Chris Byrne, Daragh Ryan, Darragh Malone, Eoghan Bateman, Jack Robinson, John Treacy and Liam Power. Padraig Fogarty returns to the panel after playing his last game for the county, apart from the O’Byrne Cup, in Jason Ryan’s last game in 2015.
Athy’s David Hyland takes over the captaincy for the year with Mick O’Grady the vice-captain.
For the hurlers, manager David Herity wanted to pick a captain from the senior county champions so from the large contingent of Naas players on his panel has plumped for 2018 Christy Ring Cup winning skipper Brian Byrne.
The hurlers begin their season against London in St Conleths Park against London on 26 January, the curtain raiser to the footballers’ first game against Fermanagh. We’ll have much more from both managers in Tuesday’s edition of the paper as part of our preview of the new season.
Kildare Senior Football 2020 Allianz League Panel
Mark Donnellan (Maynooth), James Robinson (Round Towers), Mick O’Grady (Celbridge)
Eoin Doyle (Naas), Peter Kelly (Two Mile House), Liam Healy (Moorefield), Eoghan Bateman (Naas), Mark Barrett (Ballymore Eustace), Darragh Malone (Allenwood), David Hyland (Athy), Kevin Flynn (Celbridge), Con Kavanagh (Sarsfields), Johnny Byrne (Allenwood), Keith Cribbin (Johnstownbridge), Shea Ryan (Sarsfields), Tony Archbold (Celbridge), Kevin Feely (Athy), Aaron Masterson (Moorefield), Tommy Moolick (Leixlip), Liam Power (Raheens), Paschal Connell (Athy), Aaron O’Neill (Carbury), Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge), Fergal Conway (Celbridge), Paddy Brophy (Celbridge), Chris Byrne (Clane), Conor Hartley (Sarsfields), John Treacy (Straffan), Daragh Ryan (Sarsfields), David Slattery (Confey), Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge), Jack Robinson (Clogherinkoe), Niall Kelly (Athy), Adam Tyrrell (Moorefield), Jimmy Hyland (Ballyteague), Neil Flynn (Maynooth), Padraig Fogarty (St. Laurences).
Kildare Senior Hurling 2020 Allianz League Panel
Aran Kelly (Ardclough), Brian Byrne (Naas), Caolan Smith (Clane), Cathal Derivan (Leixlip), Cathal Dowling (Naas), Cathal Melville (Leixlip), Cian Forde (Maynooth), Conor Dowling (Naas), Conor Gordon (Coill Dubh), Conor Kielty (Éire Óg Chorra Choill), Declan Molloy (Ardclough), Drew Costello (Ardclough), Garry Johnson (Éire Óg Chorra Choill), Jack Sheridan (Naas), Jack Travers (Leixlip), James Burke (Naas), Jamie Connolly (Celbridge), John Doran (Leixlip), John Gorman (Naas), Liam Dempsey (Éire Óg Chorra Choill), Mark Delaney (Coill Dubh), Mark Doyle (Clane), Niall O Muineacháin (Celbridge), Paddy McKenna (Clane), Paul Divilly (Confey), Rian Boran (Naas), Ronan Dunne (Maynooth), Ross Kelly (Naas), Sean Christianseen (Clane), Sean Whelan (Ardclough), Shane Ryan (Naas), Simon Leacy (Naas), Tadhg Forde (Maynooth).