Maxwell joins list of absentees but Moran looks forward

Despite revealing at last Thursday's Supporters Club launch in Dublin that the talismanic Declan Maxwell won't be part of his plans for 2011, Leitrim Senior team manager Mickey Moran is very much looking forward to what he believes is a bright football for the county's football teams.

Despite revealing at last Thursday's Supporters Club launch in Dublin that the talismanic Declan Maxwell won't be part of his plans for 2011, Leitrim Senior team manager Mickey Moran is very much looking forward to what he believes is a bright football for the county's football teams.

Revealing that the Drumreilly man won't be part of the team for the forthcoming campaign, Mickey said "We are victim to circumstance and victim to the economy as we have lost players although we have not yet totally finalised the panel.

"We have lost Enda Lyons to work commitments and he has a young family, Shane Foley is working in Scotland and we have lost him. Michael Foley at the moment is not with us, he has work commitments and is undertaking a Masters but we hope to try and coax him back.

"Declan Gilhooley is gone thanks to work commitments and David O'Connor had to move to London for work while Declan Maxwell won't be joining the panel this year, due to work commitments," revealed the Leitrim boss

But despite the loss of four stalwarts of recent years, Mickey still sees a bright future ahead – "I can't complain about the effort the players are putting in and in last year's Under 21 team, I saw a bit of light for the future.

"I saw signs that we have youngsters who can make it in the future. The young lads are trying their hearts out and they are so enthusiastic and keen. Our Under 21 team is a very young team this year and next year or the year after, we will have a pretty good team.

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