Cribbin hails leader Gavin
TOM CRIBBIN (above) has hailed the dressing-room influence of Kieran Gavin - even though he has yet to benefit from the on-field presence of Westmeath's experienced full-back.
Gavin has been a long-term absentee with an Achilles heel injury but, according to Cribbin, he is "very, very close" to a return and could yet come into the reckoning for their Leinster SFC quarter-final at home to Wexford.
The Westmeath boss fully expects both Paul Sharry (tweaked hamstring) and Denis Glennon (fractured hand) to be fit and available for the June 14 clash in Mullingar, the duo having sat out Sunday's win over Louth.
News that Gavin is on the comeback brink comes as another major positive. Cribbin is in his first season with Westmeath and has only had access to the Mullingar Shamrock "in the dressing-room" so far, but he added: "That speaks volumes - without seeing him play, only on DVD. Just the way he talks to them, the way they respect him, speaks enough."