Mayo's Higgins chooses hurlers over NY

Updated: Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 12:20

Keith Higgins
Keith Higgins

Mayo dual start Keith Higgins has opted to play for the county's hurlers on 9 May instead of playing football in New York a day later.

Higgins will play for the Mayo hurlers against Kerry in the Christy Ring Cup on Saturday, 9 May.

The match against Kerry takes place just twenty-four hours before the county footballers take on New York at Gaelic Park in the opening round of the Connacht Senior Football Championship.

Speaking in The Mayo News, Mayo football manager John O'Mahony said: 'We're releasing Keith for the hurling championship match on the same weekend. That’s an important game for the hurlers and it makes sense for all concerned.

'Keith is back in training with us and played for twenty minutes against Kildare in a challenge last week. It’s going to take a few weeks for him to get up to speed again but I have no doubt that he’ll catch up quickly.

'He won’t be in New York with us but we’re not staying in a training camp out there so it’s not a major problem. He has to work on his fitness anyway so the hurling match should stand him in good stead.'