Saturday 3 December 2016

Connor happy to keep taking bites out of the Big Apple

Published 27/04/2016 | 02:30

Brian Connor, centre (Photo: SPORTSFILE)
Brian Connor, centre (Photo: SPORTSFILE)

It's still the first result Brian Connor looks for. He's been in New York since 2013, heading out shortly after Offaly's narrow loss to Kildare in the year's Leinster Championship.

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But Connor's Offaly roots hold firm and the fortunes of Pat Flanagan's footballers are closely followed.

His inter-county year isn't expected to extend beyond the 70 minutes that New York and Roscommon will play out on Sunday night but Connor is happy stateside. Even if there is a part of him that would love to be at home helping the Faithful men.

"You would have to imagine it would change the circumstances," he replied when asked if he'd be home if Offaly were in a position to compete for major honours. "I'd love to be competing at that level. Football in Offaly has dipped over the last decade or so but they're making good strides and I still keep in touch with a lot of the players. I'd be good friends with a lot of them.

Difference

"They were close to being promoted from Division 3 this year. I've been keeping an eye on them. They only lost out on points difference to Clare and they end up winning Division 3. The last time I was home they were in Division 4 so they could have been in Division 2. It would change things if they were competing for things like they used to."

Naturally, Pat Flanagan was on the phone this year, prodding and probing and trying to bend his ear. Still, sometimes, reality gets in the way.

"If I was home, I would definitely want to be a part of the Offaly set-up. But the economy was the real reason why I decided to come out here. I was out of college and in and out of jobs so that's why I came out here. I've loved it out here since then.

"It wasn't anything to do with the set-up or anything. It was just the way work it has gone. If I was home I would definitely love to play with Offaly."

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