Ross Munnelly has committed himself to a 16th season with the Laois footballers, making him one of the longest-serving intercounty players in the country.
Speaking at the official launch of LaoisToday in the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise on Friday night, Munnelly, who will turn 36 in 2018, said that he was back in training under new manager John Sugrue and was available to play for another year if he was still picked.
The Arles-Kilcruise man made his debut in 2003 under Mick O’Dwyer and has since played under Liam Kearns, Sean Dempsey, Justin McNulty, Tomas O Flatharta, Mick Lillis and Peter Creedon. He has featured at some stage in every championship game in the 15 seasons he has played.
Laois have resumed training in recent weeks with other long-serving players like Brendan Quigley, Colm Begley, Mark Timmons and John O’Loughlin all returning.
Family commitments have delayed Padraig McMahon making a decision on whether he will commit for another year while Kevin Meaney, who has been involved since 2008, has decided not to return while his club-mate David Conway underwent knee surgery last week and will be out for a number of months.
Star forward Donie Kingston has opted out for the time being although there are hopes he will rejoin the setup at some stage down the line with Sugrue insisting that the door is always open. Kingston’s brother Paul is back with the squad again.
The Portlaoise and Emo players who were involved in Leinster club championship action up until last weekend haven’t yet linked up with the squad.
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