No Westmeath return for Sharry

May 07, 2018

St. Loman's Paul Sharry.
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Westmeath's hopes of coaxing Paul Sharry back into the fold ahead of their Leinster SFC campaign have failed.

Sharry was outstanding in St. Loman's run to the Leinster club SFC final before Christmas, but after such a long season with club and county, he opted to take an indefinite break from the inter-county scene. Westmeath manager Colin Kelly had hoped to have him back for the championship, but it's believed the playmaker - who made his inter-county debut in 2009 - will be concentrating on club football for the remainder of the year.

It's also unlikely that stalwart defender Kevin Maguire will feature in the championship, despite lining out for his club Caulry on a couple of occasions since returning from a spell abroad, while a serious neck injury has ruled out Francis Boyle for the rest of the season.

Kelly had added Darragh Daly, Stephen Gallagher and the inexperienced The Downs duo Joe Moran and Adam Loughlin-Stones to his panel since the Allianz League ended. The Lake County will face the winners of Laois and Wexford in the Leinster SFC quarter-final in Tullamore on May 26.

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