Young footballers with a mind of their own and the courage to make decisions that are outside the norm are always very welcome in my book.
Last week two such players made somewhat contrasting decisions affecting their future careers – and both are interesting moves.
Ciaran Kilkenny (right), a recent minor inter-county dual star, made a short visit to the Hawthorn AFL club in Melbourne but soon decided that this attractive life was not for him and headed back to play with Dublin – probably in both hurling and football and certainly with the rapidly expanding Castleknock club.
They will be delighted to have his brilliant talents for the forthcoming All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final against Kenmare, who must have got quite a shock when they heard that news.
In a different situation altogether, Cian Reynolds (left), a Kildare U-21 player of great talent, has decided to switch his allegiance to Leitrim, the home county of his father.
It is an interesting contrast, selecting to play with Dublin and Leitrim, counties at opposite ends of the football spectrum.
We wish both young men well.