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Walsh back with Carlow

Published 07/04/2010 | 05:00

Thomas Walsh in the jersey of native Carlow, which he has agreed to wear again, in 2006.
Thomas Walsh in the jersey of native Carlow, which he has agreed to wear again, in 2006.

CARLOW manager Luke Dempsey has persuaded Thomas Walsh to resume playing football with his native county, writes COLM KEYS.

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Walsh attended his first training session last night after a vote among the players last week cleared the way for his return.

Walsh has spent the last three years playing with Mick O'Dwyer's Wicklow after a controversial inter-county transfer in 2007.

Carlow narrowly failed to persuade Walsh back early in 2009, but late last year he transferred back to Fenagh, his home club in Carlow from Bray Emmetts and that dictated that he could no longer play with Wicklow.

Walsh didn't accept initial overtures from Carlow to return, preferring instead to play rugby with Tullow over the winter months, but Dempsey stepped up his efforts to coax him back in recent weeks.

Ironically, Carlow's first championship match is against Wicklow on May 16.

Irish Independent

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