Galway football manager Pádraig Joyce says that enlisting the help of Jim McGuinness in a training session was a "no-brainer".

On Sunday, it emerged that the former Donegal boss had been involved in a session with Tribesmen, a week out from their return to inter-county action against Mayo in the Allianz League .

Speaking to TG4, Joyce, who won a Sigerson Cup alongside McGuinness for IT Tralee in 1998, hailed the latter's coaching acumen when saying: "He's the best performance coach that's in the country. He's been there and he's done it and he's very relevant to GAA as we know.

"He's won the All-Ireland as a manager. It was a perfect fit and a no-brainer for me to be honest with you."

It remains to be seen whether McGuinness will be involved with the Connacht side for the rest of the year.

Former Galway footballer Michael Meehan believes McGuinness's input is a win-win for the panel in any capacity.

"If we've learned anything so far from 2020 is to never be surprised about what happens next. It's the potential to be a great move. He has such experience as a player, manager and in the area of sports psychology," he told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

"We don't really know how much time he's going to get to work with Galway and in what role, but if he can get the time with them, you'll have to think there'll be a huge opportunity for the players to pick up something off him and couple that with what they've already been doing, it's going to leave them in as good a place as they can be running into the crunch season which is all going to happen very, very fast." 

While Meehan acknowledges more spotlight will be on Galway as a result, he feels the beneficial impact on the players overrides any concerns.

"There's going to be a little bit of hype off the back of this but I don't think it's anything that Pádraig or his management team is going to focus on too much," he said.

"The thing I'd be looking forward to as to what Jim can bring is the wealth of experience he has gained in the last ten years alone being involved in different codes and different countries, but also closer to home with his success with Donegal at the highest level.

"When you bring someone like that into a dressing room, players are going to sit up in their seats and are going to really take notice."

Meehan added that "the strongest aspect" McGuinness could influence would be defence and counter-attacking, based on the way his Donegal side approached those facets of the game in their pomp.

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