GAA: Colm Back on Crib Sheet; PARKINSON MAY STAY AFTER ALL
Scully, Michael, The Mirror (London, England)
LAOIS boss Tom Cribben has made a last-ditch effort to persuade Colm Parkinson to rejoin the county football panel.
The 20-year-old centre half-back, a focal point of the county's success at underage level in recent years, was expected to fly out to Chicago yesterday for the rest of the summer after he was sensationally axed from the starting line-up of the senior side that beat Westmeath on Sunday.
Parkinson was due to join the St Brendan's GAA club in the American city later today, having secured the necessary forms from Croke Park late last week.
But he may have had a last-minute change of mind after Cribben dashed to Portlaoise after Sunday's win over Westmeath to try and talk him round.
After watching his side win, Cribbin insisted that he would welcome the young Portlaoise star back "with open arms" if he changed his mind and indicated he wanted to return to the squad.
"There's no hassle," Cribbin said. "There was nothing going on except that he didn't make the team and reacted badly.
"Colm is very young, he's very talented and I hope he comes back into the panel.
"He's a tremendous asset and I'd like him to return - as would everyone else on the panel."
Parkinson was omitted because he failed to curb his attacking instincts, a flaw that caused Cribbin to leave out one of his top talents.
But Cribbin remains a Parkinson fan and could still be handed his place back for the Leinster semi-final against Dublin in two weeks' time.
With Parkinson back in the fold, Cribbin is looking forward to a bruising battle with the Dubs for a place in the provincial decider.
Cribbin's young charges swept Westmeath aside with a powerful second half display of finishing at Croke Park to present him with his first Championship victory as a manager - and he was impressed by the Dubs' performance against Louth seven days previously. …