Joe Bergin says Michael Meehan a viable option for Galway

All-Ireland winner believes classy forward could be a major threat to Donegal defence

Michael Meehan: back in the county panel but has yet to feature for Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Michael Meehan: back in the county panel but has yet to feature for Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Former Galway All-Ireland winner Joe Bergin says Michael Meehan could be the player to give Galway the edge over Donegal – if he’s given his chance in the All-Ireland senior football qualifier tomorrow.

Meehan and Bergin played alongside each other for ten seasons and won three Connacht titles in that time and Bergin says he was surprised to see the Caltra man recover from his ankle injuries to return to the county set-up this season.

Meehan has yet to play a minute for Kevin Walsh’s side since his return though, but Bergin thinks he will thrive and cause panic in defences again once he gets a run.

“We were surprised by Mikey’s return to the squad this year, but at the same time delighted to see that he was in a position to make that decision to go back with Galway,” said Bergin, who won an All-Ireland alongside Kevin Walsh in 2001.

“I know there was a lot of people asking questions because he was togged last Sunday week against Roscommon and was, by all accounts, available to play. They were surprised that he wasn’t pulled from the bench at some stage to try and turn things around and maybe create a bit of panic for Roscommon.

“There is no better player in the country to do that – throw him in there for 20 minutes and cause a bit of chaos. If he gets one ball in his hands with an eye on goal, there is only going to be one result.

“Far be it from me to second guess why he wasn’t brought in, but you’d like to think that the extra week or two brought him on and that he might be a more viable option this time round.”

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