By Mike Fitzpatrick
Following a lengthy series of intense, yet necessary interviews, two men have finally been chosen as the selectors to assist Leitrim man Frank Brady in the running of New York’s Gaelic football side as it progresses toward the All-Ireland championships next summer.
Pat Scanlon and Donegal’s own Leslie McGettigan are the individuals selected to drive New York in their historic quest for the All-Ireland championships in 1999. Kicking off with a tie versus the highly promising Mayo side next May, New York will begin training shortly.
Brady, McGettigan and Scanlon, all veterans of the New York GAA scene, will commence gathering potential squad members immediately in order to embark upon what is expected to be a grueling six-month training program culminating with two highly anticipated clashes versus the Irish Army squad shortly before the Mayo game.
Brady will choose a preliminary panel within the next two weeks, though this in no way reflects any idea of who will be playing next summer. Players will join up with and be scratched from the side depending on their attitude and, obviously, their form. Though Brady, McGettigan and Scanlon are well aware of the high-caliber players currently plying their skills on the New York scene, they have little way of knowing much about any new players who have recently moved to New York.
Frank Brady can be contacted at (914) 963-8729.
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