Nicky Joyce is the main big name absentee from Galway football manager Alan Mulholland’s squad of 31 for the Connacht SFC opener with Roscommon on 20th May.
Joyce has said he cannot give the required commitment due to a hectic work schedule and the Galway boss has confirmed that he will keep the door ajar for players throughout the season.
Also gone from the Tribesmen’s squad are defenders Damien O’Reilly and Donal O’Neill as well as forwards Eoin Concannon, Johnny Ryan, Cathal Kenny and Joe Joe Greaney.
Despite a continuing battle with a career threatening ankle injury, Michael Meehan is included in the squad.
Galway Senior Football squad 2012: A Faherty, C Forde, C Doherty, C Bane, D Burke, D Cummins, D Blake, F Hanley, F Ó Curraoin, G Bradshaw, G O’Donnell, G Sice, G Sweeney, G Higgins, J Bergin, J Duane, J Moore, K Kelly, K McGrath, M Breathnach, M Hehir, M Boyle, M Martin, M Meehan, N Coleman, P Joyce, P Conroy, P Ó Griofa, S Armstrong, T Flynn, T Fahy.