Begley coy over rumours of club switch to Parnells
Published 13/01/2010 | 05:00
Colm Begley is to make his club football intentions known by the end of this week as speculation grows that he is ready to join Dublin's Parnells.
Begley, who ended a four-year AFL career last October, is back in Ireland and enjoying his return to the Laois squad.
But at club level there is a suggestion that he may follow Darren Rooney and Colm Parkinson to the northside city club, who are assembling quite an impressive squad.
Begley, who is with Stradbally in Laois, declined to comment when contacted yesterday but indicated that he will issue a statement about his future tomorrow.
Rooney and Parkinson transferred to the Dublin club last year and helped to fortify them considerably. There is a strong recent history of Laois inter-county players transferring into the city with Tom Kelly, Greg Ramsbottom and David Sweeney among those to have made the move.
Begley did confirm that he was back with Laois and looking forward to the 2010 season with the midlanders. He wrapped up his AFL career with St Kilda where he had spent a year after initially signing up for Brisbane Lions.
His return will be a lift to Laois, who have lost Joe Higgins to retirement. The combative corner-back has succumbed to bad injury at the age of 30.
Higgins' departure and the probable retirement of Tom Kelly could leave Laois with just four of the starting team that captured the Leinster title in 2003 under Mick O'Dwyer -- Aidan Fennelly, Padraig Clancy, Ross Munnelly and Rooney.
So far there has been no return to Laois for Beano McDonald and Noel Garvan, which could bring their respective Laois careers to an end.
Donie Brennan, an Arles Killeen colleague of McDonald's, is also out in the cold after being dropped prior to last year's Leinster championship defeat to Kildare, allegedly for disciplinary reasons.
Laois face a difficult campaign in Division 2 with their Portlaoise players potentially missing up to five of the county's league games.