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Laois minor footballers name captain, vice-captain and panel for 2020 season

Laois minor football manager Mark Bates has named a 43-man panel for the upcoming league and championship.

Portlaoise lead the way with eight representatives while Graiguecullen with five are next ahead of Portarlington and Ballyroan-Abbey who have four each.

A total of 20 clubs from Rathdowney to Crettyard have representation on the panel.

The new manager has also confirmed his captain and vice-captain for the season ahead.

Park-Ratheniska’s Simon Fingleton will skipper the team this season and he will be assisted by Arles-Killeen’s Colin Dunne.

Those are two of ten players – Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen), Kian Lawlor (Graiguecullen), Lee Byrne (Graiguecullen), PJ Ward (Portarlington), Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan-Abbey), Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan-Abbey), Oisin Hooney (St Joseph’s), Daire Scully (Clonaslee) – who were part of the Laois squad that reached the Leinster semi final in 2019 where they lost to eventual champions Kildare.

After a two-year absence, the minor football league is being resurrected this year and manager Bates has confirmed that Laois will enter two teams into it.

The draw for the league and the championship, the latter of which is set to commence in May, has yet to be made.

Check out the panel in full below.

PANEL: Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise), Ben Reddin (Portlaoise), Brian Smith (Portlaoise), Kieran O’Donnell (Portlaoise), Conor Brown (Portlaoise), DJ White (Portlaoise), Josh Hogan (Portlaoise), Sam Birrane (Portlaoise), Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen), Jack Byrne (Graiguecullen), Jake Haughney (Graiguecullen), Kian Lawler (Graiguecullen), Lee Byrne (Graiguecullen), Adam Burns (Portarlington), Darragh Slevin (Portarlington), Dylan Murphy (Portarlington), PJ Ward (Portarlington), Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan-Abbey), Odhran Delaney (Ballyroan-Abbey), Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan-Abbey), Cormac Murphy (St Joseph’s), Oisin Hooney (St Joseph’s), Sean Brennan (St Joseph’s), Daire Scully (Clonaslee-St Manman’s), Cathal Lee (Clonaslee St-Manman’s), Ross Meredith (Emo), Tom Fennelly (Emo), Adam O’Halloran (Courtwood), Sam Krebbs (Courtwood), Kai Byrne (Mountmellick), Tadgh Culleton (Mountmellick), Ben Coen (O’Dempsey’s), Stephen Lennon (O’Dempsey’s), Simon Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska), Ryan Quinlan (Spink), Colin Dunne (Arles Kileen), Ciaran Culleton (Ballyfin), Jesse McEvoy (Ballylinan), Lee Day (Barrowhouse), Josh Kelly (Crettyard), Conor Heffernan (Killeshin), Padraig Rafter (Rathdowney), Oisin Ramsbottom (Timahoe).

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.