Gaelic Football

Monday 28 July 2014

Dublin boost as Ciarán Kilkenny quits AFL to return home

Conor McKeon

Published 10/01/2013|14:07

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Ciaran Kilkenny. Photo: Sportsfile

DUBLIN GAA received a massive and unexpected boost today when Ciarán Kilkenny sensationally announced he will not be returning to Australia this month.

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The hugely talented dual player signed with AFL outfit Hawthorn and left in mid-November to embark on his new career.



He returned to Ireland prior to Christmas and had been due to travel back to Oz. However, he has had a dramatic change of heart and will now stay in the country and join up with Jim Gavin’s Dublin senior football panel.



“I’ve come to realise also that although I enjoy the game of Australian Rules football, it could never replace the satisfaction I get from the round ball or a sliotar,” Kilkenny explained in a statement released on his Twitter account.



“Sport has always been something I did for enjoyment and I have found that it’s not something I can do merely because it’s my job.”



The news could also a major boost to Anthony Daly and his Dublin hurlers. Kilkenny had intimated that he would attempt to combine both codes this year prior to signing with Hawthorn.



Kilkenny won an U-21 All-Ireland under Gavin’s management last year. He was called into Pat Gilroy’s senior squad and started the All-Ireland semi-final.



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