Work commitments leave O'Hara's Sligo career up in air
Published 04/01/2013 | 05:00
THE longest-serving footballer in the country may have played his last inter-county game, as Sligo's Eamonn O'Hara has confirmed that he has not been able to commit to Kevin Walsh's squad for the start of the new campaign.
But O'Hara has not given up hope of making a return and the 37-year-old said that he will be available if needed in the months ahead.
Another long-serving Sligo player, Noel Maguire, may also have played his last game for the county after being unable to make the commitment required by manager Walsh.
"I was just not able to commit to what Kevin was looking for because of work," said O'Hara, who made his Sligo debut back in 1994. "I have been away for seven of the last 12 weeks. I am keen to play, but I have still to make a decision on my long-term future.
"If he wants me then I'll be available, if he doesn't that's another story. We spoke in mid-October and I told Kevin my predicament.
"He was very forthcoming in what he expected in the first half of the season. He wanted everyone training and I couldn't commit to that."
Walsh confirmed that both O'Hara and Maguire had not been in a position to sign up for the Yeats men's hectic early-season work.
"Eamonn O'Hara is not involved yet," he said. "He couldn't give the commitment because of work responsibilities. He will not be available this weekend."