By John Fallon
Galway football manager Kevin Walsh may have to plan without two key players for 2016 with defender Johnny Duane and forward Michael Lundy both moving to the United States for an indefinite period.
Lundy departed for New York this week after Corofin’s Connacht club final loss to Castlebar Mitchels, while Duane moved there a few weeks ago.
It’s expected that both players will make themselves available to play for New York in the Connacht Championship next year. The Exiles will play Roscommon in the opening round of the Connacht Championship on May 1.
Lundy was a key figure in Corofin’s All-Ireland success earlier this year while both he and Duane, who is a member of the St James’ club in the city, have been regulars for Galway for the past few seasons.
Lundy was wing-forward this summer and Duane was at corner-back as Galway’s run through the qualifiers was ended in round four by Donegal on a 3-12 to 0-11 scoreline at Croke Park.
Manager Walsh, heading into his second year in charge of the Tribesmen, has targeted promotion from Division II as a prime target for next year.
Galway will enter the championship at the Connacht semi-final stage when they will take on Mayo on June 18, presuming the five-in-a-row champions account for London in the opening round.