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GER HOPES OLLIE CANN JOIN TRIBE; ALLIANZ NHL DIVISION 1B: Galway 2-24 Clare 3-17.

Byline: By PAT NOLAN

GALWAY manager Ger Loughnane is keen to tempt former All-Star corner-back Ollie Canning out of retirement.

Canning (30) announced his retirement from the inter-county scene 12 months ago in the aftermath of a fractious county final which Portumna lost to Loughrea.

The Portumna camp were irked by the decision to punish their players more heavily than Loughrea's, although Canning stated that had nothing to do with his decision.

His prodigiously talented younger brother Joe also declined to play with Galway last year, instead opting to take a year out to benefit his career in the long run.

Both players are currently preparing for Portumna's All-Ireland club semi-final against Loughmore-Castleiney on February 24.

"The big problem is, I still think defensively we need someone like Ollie Canning in there," Loughnane said yesterday. "If we had that and when the Portumna lads come back, like Ollie and Joe and Damien Hayes and Eoin Lynch... I think Ollie Canning could still do a fantastic job for Galway."

He added: "I wouldn't go near him this time of the year until the club Championship is over.

"I am just saying that he is the type of player - a cute player. If we could add someone like that into the mix that we already have, I think we could challenge most teams."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2008
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