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Former Laois star Brendan Quigley named as New York captain

Updated: Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 17:52 | Comments

Laois' Brendan Quigley now sets his sights on facing the reigning Connacht champions in early May
Laois' Brendan Quigley now sets his sights on facing the reigning Connacht champions in early May

New York manager Ian Galvin has named Brendan Quigley as team captain for the Connacht SFC clash with Mayo in Gaelic Park on Sunday, 4 May.

Quigley, a former Laois star and Aussie Rules player, recently transferred to the Donegal club in New York after a year with Leitrim.

Kerry's Gary O'Driscoll, who won a New York senior medal under Galvin last year, is the new vice-captain.

Quigley admitted he was surprised by the call, but said he was ready for the added responsibility.

"To be a captain of any team is an honour," admitted the Timahoe man. 

"I really wasn't expecting it when Ian gave me a phone call, but I was definitely delighted. I'm very proud to take it on."

Manager Galvin said Quigley was the obvious choice although he was quick to praise his vice-captain. 

"Brendan's experience and leadership qualities are there for all to
see," said Galvin.

"He has played at the highest level at home and he has been successful at that. His commitment throughout the winter made the decision easy but Gary gave us just as much.

"He was one of the main reasons we won the senior club title here last year and he'll be a great voice in the dressing room."

Meanwhile, the Connacht Council has agreed to a request from RTÉ Sport to bring the throw-in for the clash with last year's All-Ireland runners-up forward to 2.30pm (7.30pm Irish time).

The change in time will facilitate the broadcast of highlights from the opening encounter of this year's All-Ireland series.

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