Sunday 4 December 2016

Kavanagh finds home comfort at end of long road

Published 01/02/2014 | 02:30

Galway's James Kavanagh in action during their recent game against Sligo
Galway's James Kavanagh in action during their recent game against Sligo

He is back following his own footsteps now, re-immersed in the game and drawn, again, to that vast, arcing sun of early-season hope.

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For James Kavanagh, it feels like a homecoming. Galway isn't exactly in his blood, but the place doesn't press down on him as remotely foreign either. On Tuesday night at training, he felt the energy of maybe 30 young county men lean into their work with such pure, untainted focus, it reminded him just why it is that he plays football. Maybe the year he took away from Kildare made this rebirth possible, allowing him deal with all the cluttered furniture in his head.

The baby that Linda was expecting is now 11-month-old Tom and sleeping like the perfect son. From the back of their new house, James can see the Milltown training pitch. His work as a garda takes him just half an hour away to Galway city.

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