Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Morrison’s return key to Cavan’s consistency

John Morrison will find himself engulfed in a tidal wave of goodwill when he makes his touchline debut as No 2 to Cavan boss Val Andrews in the near future.

Morrison, one of the most innovative coaches in the GAA, suffered a stroke some weeks ago but is currently making a good recovery at his home in Armagh.

In tandem with Derry man Mickey Moran, he helped to manage Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo having previously been involved with Antrim and Armagh.

Cavan, who met Meath in a challenge match in Navan last night, are gearing up for the McKenna Cup and PRO Declan Woods revealed that a warm welcome awaits Morrison when he takes up his duties.

“In the little verbal contact he has had with the players to date because of the restrictions imposed during the close season, he seems to have made a tremendous impact, especially with the younger guys,” said Woods.

“He is a very open, charismatic man who has a deep love for gaelic football and we are looking forward to benefiting from his expertise.”

Cavan officials believe that Morrison can have an impact in grooming players who have been showing rich promise but have yet to deliver consistency on the senior inter-county stage.

“John has great qualities as a coach and we think that he can be a tremendous help to us in this connection,” adds Woods.

David Givney, Eugene Keating, Gearoid McKiernan and Declan McKernan are among the young guns that Cavan hope will fire on all cylinders this year.

Recurring injuries have blighted Givney’s career to date while McKernan did not feature last year after showing impressive form in 2010.

Michael Brady and Mark McKeever will now among those players expected to provide the necessary infusion of experience.

McKeever has been a combative force for Cavan sides while Brady is a strong, forceful wing-back.

There are doubts though about the availability of goalkeeper James Reilly who has played for Ulster on several occasions in the Railway Cup while Michael Lyng is not part of the current panel.

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