Fermanagh manager Ryan McMenamin has confirmed that Jones brothers Ryan and Conall and Corrigan siblings Tomas and Ruairi have opted out of the squad for the forthcoming season.

However, McMenamin stresses that he is pleased with how things have been progressing so far and is set to welcome back Sean Quigley and Ultan Kelm to the set up while young Derrygonnelly star Micheal Glynn had also been included in the current training panel which will be cut at the end of January. The new regionalised league is due to commence at the end of February.

A lack of game time has led to Ruairi Corrigan and Conall Jones opting out this season while McMenamin says that work commitments have ruled out experienced duo Ryan Jones and Tomas Corrigan.

“We left it amicably. Ruairi and Conall wanted to play and maybe felt that they should have got more game time. It comes down to opinions at the end of the day and that was it.

“With regards Ryan and Tomas, they have work commitments and felt they couldn’t give the commitment this year,” he added.

McMenamin does though state that the door remains open for the players.

”The door is not shut on anybody but every day and every week that goes by it closes that wee bit more. Football will always go on no matter who is on the panel,” he said.

There is better news though for Fermanagh supporters with Sean Quigley back in the fold with the Roslea man believing that he still has something to add on the playing front.

“Sean is back in with us. He felt that he had something to offer and he had missed the football last year so he is trying to get into the squad like the rest of them.”

And the return to action of Kelm will be another boost for the Erne county.

“Ultan is back running and hopefully we can get him injury free and back on the pitch in the middle of January. He will be a big player if he stays injury free and he is going in the right direction. The physios are happy with him and he is happy,” commented McMenamin.

McMenamin has also recalled Derrygonnelly defender Tiernan Daly and Belnaleck midfielder Conor McAuley while a host of younger players including exciting attacking duo Conor Love and Micheal Glynn are currently involved.

“There is a good mix of boys and they know that they are only going to have a short time to impress because the squad will be cut at the end of January. The lads are working away at the minute and they seem to be enjoying it,” said McMenamin, who is delighted with the effort of the players to date.

“The boys are working away at the programmes that Leon (Carters) has given them. One thing already about this year is that any time you are chatting the fellas there seems to be a great buzz among them and they are getting their work done, you don’t have to be torturing them to do it so that’s pleasing. I can’t ask for anymore from them,” he said.