Team to be selected after training tonight

Roscommon joint managers Kevin McStay and Fergal O’Donnell are set to select the team to play Monaghan in this weekend’s NFL Division One opener after Thursday night’s training session.

  Kevin McStay has reported that there are no new injuries in the squad, with players emerging from Sunday’s FBD League Final with a clean bill of health. Roscommon lost by a single point (2-8 to 0-13) to Galway in Tuam.

  McStay told People Sport: “Our preparations have gone very well and the lads have put in a massive effort. The good news is that we had no injuries after last Sunday and we got to look at a few more lads as well.

  “We won’t be finalising the starting team until Thursday night and we hope to have 24 fit players on the panel rearing to go.”

  McStay added: “We have six long-term injuries and three more ‘shorter term’, and when you add in other small knocks there could be 12 to 15 players affected – but that will give other lads a chance – so let’s be positive about it.”

  Relishing the commencement of the league, McStay expressed disappointment at the change of venue, with the Monaghan game switched from Hyde Park to Kiltoom (2 pm throw-in on Sunday).

  He added: “It’s a huge game for us…I just hope that our lads perform on the day. After all the preparations we have done I hope that we play well and we will let the result look after itself after that. We want to give our supporters something to hang on to for the rest of the year.

  “It’s exciting to be starting off our year against a great team like Monaghan and when we look ahead to games against Kerry, Cork, Donegal, Down, Mayo and Dublin, it is great to be at the top table. It’s where every team wants to be. The journey starts next Sunday and we are aiming at making a good start,” he concluded.