MATTIE LENNON TO OPEN DOOR TO ALL-COMERS

9 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Having absentee players return to the fold offers the prospect of a win-win situation, says newly-appointed county senior hurling boss Mattie Lennon who is set to have a players meeting this week. by KEVIN CARNEY …
Newly-appointed senior county hurling team-manager Mattie Lennon has appealed to erstwhile stay-away players to make themselves available in 2012. Efforts to progress Monaghan hurling has been bedevilled over the years by the absence of some of the county’s top senior players who, for one reason or another, have decided to refrain from playing at intercounty level.
New boss Lennon says he’d love to see every Monaghan player of intercounty standard coming together in the bests interests of hurling:
“I’m only one person among a team of people that includes the players and the county board,” Armagh native Lennon stated, “but to my mind, the players are the most important in the overall scheme of things.
“I’m aware that there have been players missing from the county panel over the years but I don’t know the circumstances as to why those individuals weren’t part of things.
“All I can say is that it would be great if we could get everyone rowing the boat in the same direction.
“I’m a players’ man and I’d love to see everyone back in the fold that have excused themselves from the panel in the recent past.”

The self-employed boss of Matlen Systems Limited has been recruited by Monaghan GAA County Board on a two year term with the option to make it three years on the back of a 2nd year review.
Monaghan has yet to finalise his backroom team but he has already pencilled in county trials for early January. He intends to announce his maiden squad of players by the close of January.
Father of rising Armagh underage hurling star Mattie Lennon and current Armagh senior Michael, the Derrynoose clubman says players in Monaghan who may have opted out of the county panel in past years will miss out on a great chance to improve their game and bring their skills to bear against their peers provincewide and countrywide in the coming year.
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