Meath football has been handed a welcome boost ahead of 2017, as it has been confirmed that former forward Joe Sheridan is set to return to the panel in a goalkeeping capacity, reported today by the Irish Independent.
Dropped by Mick O’Dowd after 2013, the Seneschalstown clubman is set for a comeback under new manager Andy McEntee.
Sheridan established himself as one of the top forwards in Leinster for a period of 10 years representing the Royals. However, perhaps the most (in)famous moment of his career came in the 2010 Leinster final, as his controversial late goal was awarded to vanquish Louth at the death.
The Royal County will have big hopes for the season ahead. They will be competing once again in Division 2 of the National Football League, and this can be used as a springboard for summer success.
Having avoided Dublin in the Leinster draw, they will face the winner of Louth/Wicklow in the quarter-final, and Laois/Longford/Kildare in a potential semi-final.
Re-instating Meath as the province’s second best side will be the short-term goal for McEntee and Co., but that is just the beginning of their task to bring a proud football county back to former glories.
The experience of Joe Sheridan will certainly be a boost to the squad, but it remains to be seen whether he can challenge Paddy O’Rourke for the starting berth.