Ahead of the resumption of the National Football League next weekend, Meath boss Andy McEntee has received a major fillip with the news that former underage star Cian McBride will be released by AFL outfit the Essendon Bombers to join the county senior panel during the off-season in the Australian Football League.
The talented St Ultan’s clubman was to the fore on useful Meath Minor and U-20 teams before being snapped up following one of the Combine camps held here by Australian scouts. While technically there’s nothing at stake from the county’s two outstanding fixtures against Dublin and Monaghan, that can never be said when Meath take on the former in particular.
Admittedly, the gulf between the sides cannot be expected to have evaporated during lockdown, it may actually be the case that the Royals may actually be in a slightly stronger position than was the case earlier in the year. Yes, they may have failed to pick up a point in the spring but their plight wasn’t helped by being shorn of some of their most gifted and important players.
Rome wasn’t build in a day, and there are unlikely to be any miracles, but, there can be no doubting that McBride’s availability would allow both the Meath camp and supporters to be a little bit more optimistic. Lord knows we all need that at the minute.