Thursday 23 March 2017

Andrews denies soccer link

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DUBLIN footballer Paddy Andrews has dismissed claims that he has signed up to play soccer with League of Ireland side Monaghan United.

A statement on the club's website said that "Roddy Collins has continued to strengthen his squad for the final phase of the season by signing former Dublin GAA star Paddy Andrews" and added that the club would unveil a number of other signings in the coming days.

But Andrews, who was dropped off the Dublin SF panel after the Allianz League this year, has flatly denied that he's switching codes.

"My only focus is playing for St Brigid's -- Gaelic football is my No 1 priority and always will be," he said. "Hopefully if that goes well, I can get back into the reckoning with the Dublin panel for the 2012 season."

It is understood that he trained twice with Monaghan, but that's as far as his soccer career will go.

Elsewhere, Aidan Campbell is the latest injury worry for Mayo, who have delayed naming their team for Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final with Kerry.

The Swinford player, who did not start the quarter-final against Cork but made a valuable contribution off the bench, picked up a knock at training on Tuesday night.

James Horan was already delaying selection to monitor recent muscle injuries to wing-back Trevor Mortimer (quadriceps) and the versatile Peadar Gardiner (hamstring), who will both be assessed this morning before the team announcement.

If Mortimer fails to make it there is speculation that Lee Keegan, who has shown good form with Westport, could make his championship debut.

Irish Independent

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