Wednesday 18 January 2017

Dublin boost as Ciarán Kilkenny quits AFL to return home

Published 10/01/2013 | 14:07

Ciaran Kilkenny. Photo: Sportsfile
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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