Rebel ace Setanta not for Rules code
Published 28/11/2003 | 00:11
REPORTS by the Lee that Setanta Ó hAilpín was to have 'informal' talks with Australian Football League club side Carlton in the next few days appear to be well wide of the mark.
The younger Ó hAilpín, who was honoured with his first All Star (hurling) at corner-forward last Wednesday, was reported to be in Australia and preparing to have talks with the struggling Melbourne-based club. The reports quoted a Carlton source as confirming this.
Former Carlton player and current Cork footballer Colin Corkery has also poured cold water on the rumours.
"I think if Setanta was approached by Carlton I'd know about it," added the Irish International Rules forward, who was on the recent tour to Perth and Melbourne.
"I still know a lot of people at the club including the recruitment officer Shane Sullivan.
"If Setanta was going to have any talks Shane would have said something."
And even if the 6' 5" 20-year-old was in contact with an Australian Football League club Corkery would advise him to not pursue a career Down Under.
"Even as an amateur Setanta's marketability here has the potential to earn him a lot.
"I'd be absolutely stunned if Carlton were to approach someone who hasn't that much experience of playing top level football.
"They only have so many draft picks and I don't think Setanta or any Gaelic footballer for that matter would be one of them.
"They (Carlton) couldn't afford such a gamble being the bottom club at the moment."