O'Flaherty opts out (for now) as Kildare announce new panel

Preparing for 2017

Tommy Callaghan tommy@leinsterleader.ie

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O'Flaherty opts out (for now) as Kildare announce new panel

Eoin Doyle

Eoghan O’Flaherty is the stand-out name missing from Cian O’Neill’s (provisional) 28-man panel for 2017.

The Carbury man has opted out, for now, but may still come back in at a later date.

Manager Cian O’Neill, and his fellow selectors Ronan Sweeney and Enda Murphy, emphasised that their new panel is an opened one and “players will be given every opportunity to impress the senior management via club, college and/or U21 performances.”

Due to their involvement in the Leinster Club Championship, no players from Sarsfields or Round Towers have been involved in the pre-season programme to date.

Ryan Houlihan and Adam Tyrell are travelling overseas with the Defence Forces after Christmas and will not be involved in 2017 while Eoin Powderly has commenced rehab following his recent ACL surgery and will be unavailable for the League campaign

Meanwhile Seán Hurley, has recently returned home from his return trip to Australia, for a further minor surgical procedure, and will be meeting with management shortly.

The full panel to date reads:

Mark Donnellan (Maynooth); Shane McNamara (Celbridge), Ollie Lyons (Celbridge), Peter Kelly (Two Mile House), David Hyland (Athy), Mark Hyland (Athy), Mick O’Grady (Celbridge), Eoin Bateman (Naas), Liam Healy (Moorefield), Darren Maguire (Maynooth), Eoin Doyle (Naas), Keith Cribbin (Johnstownbridge), Johnny Byrne (Allenwood), Emmet Bolton (Eadestown), Cian O’Donoghue (Clane), Tommy Moolick (Leixlip), Kevin Feely (Athy), Fionn Dowling (Suncroft), Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge), Luke Flynn (Johnstownbridge), Fergal Conway (Celbridge), Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge), Niall Kelly (Athy), Cathal McNally (Johnstownbridge), Neil Flynn (Maynooth), Chris Healy (Two Mile House), Eamonn Callaghan (Naas), David Slattery (Confey).