Thursday 19 October 2017

Dublin's 2011 All Ireland winning man-of-the-match open to playing for Monaghan

'The 28-year-old Nolan is a teacher based in Lucan and would bring significant experience to the Farney set-up' Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
'The 28-year-old Nolan is a teacher based in Lucan and would bring significant experience to the Farney set-up' Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former Dublin footballer Kevin Nolan has revealed he is open to a potential switch that could see him line out for Monaghan in the near future.

While insisting that his immediate focus lies with Kilmacud Crokes and their Dublin SFC campaign, the double All-Ireland winner revealed he intends to move to the Crematin area of the Farney County - the home of his fiancée Lorna - in the near future.

And he insists the lure of inter-county football would be too good to turn down if it came his way.

"I would still love to play inter-county football," said Nolan, who was part of the Dublin set-up until before the start of the championship in 2015.

"But I wouldn't go looking. Things might happen in the next few months or years that I may mean that I'm playing football in a different county.

"I recently got engaged and there's a chance of me moving and relocating up to Monaghan."

The 28-year-old Nolan is a teacher based in Lucan and would bring significant experience to the Farney set-up.

The Kilmacud Crokes man played in Dublin's breakthrough 2011 All-Ireland final win over Kerry but injury and a battle with diabetes curtailed in career in the seasons that followed.

He was let go from the Dublin squad by Jim Gavin in the build-up to the 2015 championship. However, a move north might see a revival in his career.

"We're looking to build or renovate a house up there. But it depends on the builders that we get in. Lorna's dad is actually a builder himself, so we can teach away in Dublin.

"Other than that, I'm no expert in construction. I'm not putting an actual date on it.

"If I'm still involved with Crokes in seven or eight months' time when we're getting ready for an All-Ireland final - that's my aim."

Irish Independent

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