Mayo footballing star and former Swinford player David Heaney, who only announced his retirement from county football yesterday, has transferred to Claregalway for the coming season. His transfer was rubber-stamped by the Galway County Board last weekend.
Heaney (32 ) has annexed five Connacht senior championship medals with Mayo. He has been living in the Claregalway/Turloughmore area for a number of years and his decision to throw in his lot with the local club comes as no real surprise.
A quantity surveyor by profession, Heaney is a former Mayo captain, and he will be a massive addition for the progressive Claregalway club. He is a versatile player and can slot into any position from corner back up to midfield.
Another huge signing for the club is young David Hansberry from Killererin. The former county minor is one of the best fielders in the county and no club would have the artillery to stop him and Barry Cullinane lording the aerial possession stakes in the coming season.
Double All-Star James Nallen, who also announced his retirement from inter-county football this week, is also expected to throw his lot in with the Claregalway club for the coming season. Nallen has been ever-present with Mayo for the past 15 years and he would be a very valuable addition to the club side as he keeps himself in terrific shape and he was one of the mainstays for Crossmolina during their glory years. Exciting and successful times may lie ahead for the club.