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Galway senior football manager Padraic Joyce.
Galway senior football manager Padraic Joyce.

Padraic Joyce: 'The lads enjoyed the session as I did'


By Cian O'Connell

Galway manager Padraic Joyce hasn't ruled out the possibility of Jim McGuinness becoming involved in the maroon and white backroom team for the remainder of 2020.

McGuinness took a Galway training session at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

At a press briefing on Monday morning, Joyce stressed the value of the former Donegal boss.

“We had a man in Tuam yesterday, yeah, to do a bit of training but, again, Jim is a personal friend of mine, has been for years," Joyce remarked.

"I went to college with the man, would have huge respect for him. His CV speaks for itself. He’s a qualified professional performance coach and I felt at the time that we needed the mental aspect of the game to kind of get an extra bonus into the players because there’s a lot more to training a team than just out on the pitch and just kicking points or blocking and defending.

"There’s other aspects to it so Jim brought a different element yesterday and the lads enjoyed the session as I did."

When asked whether McGuinness would have a role going forward, Joyce responded.

"It’s like when you sample a new brand of something, you’ll taste it and see what it’s like and if you don’t like it you might go somewhere else and get something different, but we’ll see how it goes down. We loved it, he was very good, yeah."

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness took a Galway training session on Sunday afternoon at Tuam Stadium.
Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness took a Galway training session on Sunday afternoon at Tuam Stadium.

Joyce stated that the Galway management will discuss the matter further imminently.

“We’ll have to wait for the feedback," Joyce added. "The session only took place yesterday at two o’clock and it was over at four so we need to do an analysis of the session and feedback from the players and see what way it’s working."

Having won a Sigerson Cup with McGuiness during their days at IT Tralee, Joyce has remained in contact with the Donegal native.

“I’d have always been in touch, not that it came about," Joyce commented.

"I’m always looking to do what I can for the players. My job as Galway manager is to make sure that my players are the best prepared that I possibly can give them and I just felt at this time that we needed a bit of a surge of something and the mental aspect of the game is huge nowadays so I just felt that around the country, in my eyes he’s the best performance coach in the country.

"He’s been there, he’s done it and he’s very relevant to GAA because he’s won it as a manager himself so I just thought it was a perfect fit.

"It was a no-brainer for me to be honest. It didn’t just fall out of the sky."

Joyce also confirmed that Maigh Cuilinn's Paul Kelly, Salthill-Knocknacarra's John Maher, and Mountbellew-Moylough's James Foley have been called into the Galway panel.