Having named his squad for the upcoming Quadrangular Trophy tournament last week Gerry Davis has revealed who will be the on field leader of the group over the weekend.
The Irish amateur manager, who coached the Regions Cup side to a final in the Summer, has handed the armband to Chris Higgins.
Ken Hoey captained the Regions Cup select, but has retired and regardless wouldn’t be available for this select as he is Intermediate not Junior grade.
Higgins is an experienced campaigner and is a key member of a strong St Michaels side.
Michaels had a strong presence when Ireland ended a 12 year drought by winning the last Quadrangular instalment two years ago. Leaders and defenders James Walsh and Paul Breen were both in Gerry Smith’s successful squad as indeed was Higgins.
Higgins now assumes the role as leader in a talented 22 and will wear the band as the tournament gets underway this weekend.
Republic of Ireland v Isle of Man. Wednesday, October 11
Scotland v Republic of Ireland. Thursday, October 12
Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland. Saturday, October 14
The squad in full is:
Adrian Walsh ( St Michaels FC )
Gary Neville ( Pike Rovers )
Chris Higgins ( St Michaels FC )
Niall Andrews ( Evergreen FC )
Stephen Kelly ( Newmarket FC)
Anto Kavanagh ( Sheriff YC)
Paul Murphy ( Sheriff YC)
Chris Smith ( Abbeyfeale United )
Jack Doherty (Carrick United )
David Joyce ( Clonmel Celtic)
Stephen McGann ( Pike Rovers )
Daniel Matthews ( Collinstown FC )
Jordan Buckley ( Usher Celtic)
Kieran McDaid ( Buncrana Hearts)
Jimmy Carr ( St Michaels FC)
James McGrath ( Nenagh AFC )
Eoin Hayes ( Newmarket FC)
Shane Clark ( Janesboro FC)
David Hoban ( Westport United)
Stephen Donnelly ( Usher Celtic )