1 James Skehill (Cappataggle)
Has a massive puckout, but needs to vary them more. Tendency to turn his body when going out to meet a forward. You’d prefer to see him stay on his feet. Very hesitant, especially in the air. Should be more commanding when sliotar is dropping in and around his patch. Liable to get a rush of blood to the head which can not alone unsettle him, but also his full-back line. James Skehill Daithí Burke Adrian Tuohey John Hanbury Flanagan Graeme Mulcahy Aaron Gillane Aidan Harte Gearóid Mcinerney Pádraig Mannion Gearóid Hegarty David Burke Kyle Hayes Johnny Coen Tom Morrissey Management: Micheál Donoghue
I know as much now about Micheál Donoghue as I did 12 months ago - and that’s very, very little. Far more comfortable backstage than being out front and centre, in sharp contrast to several managers currently serving at intercounty level. There is absolutely no hint of an ego there. Doesn’t claim to have reinvented the wheel. No walk in the park to get a team back to an All-ireland final the year after ending a county’s long wait for silverware. In Noel Larkin and Franny Forde, Micheál has two top-class operators beside him. With these three men, it’s all about the collective. Of course, they have the high-profile Lukasz Kirszenstein overseeing their strength and conditioning, but I would question their fitness. It hasn’t been at last year’s level, yet. Then again, All-irelands tend to be decided more by a team’s mental, rather than physical, strength.