Dublin GAA star Ger Brennan has joined Fianna Fail and has not entirely ruled out a career in politics.
The Herald can reveal that the All-Ireland medal-winner has signed up to join his local Cumann on Dublin's north side, but insisted he won't be running in next year's general election.
Brennan, who works as a religion teacher in a secondary school, dipped his toes into politics when he threw his weight behind the 'No' campaign in the recent marriage equality referendum.
Last night he confirmed he had joined Fianna Fail due to an interest in getting involved locally.
"I suppose my family would have always voted Fianna Fail when I was growing up as a kid and I've always supported them myself," he said.
Fianna Fail sources have indicated that they think the sports star would be an ideal candidate to run in former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's old constituency of Dublin Central.
However, Brennan said that nobody had approached him about standing for election, and added that he is too focused on his footballing career to consider a bid for Leinster House in the next election.
"If you were to follow me around in my life for a couple of days you'd see how busy it is in terms of work and sports.
"There wouldn't be a chance of me doing that," he said.
"I suppose I can certainly guess why people might assume that, but certainly nobody has asked me - it's only my own interest that led to my decision to join."
The centre back did not rule out a political career down the line, however.
"The larger picture is that you never know what the future holds, but certainly in the next few years it's not my focus," he said.
One senior party source said last night that the sportsman would appeal to younger voters, a group Fianna Fail is struggling to connect with.
The party has had no TD in the Dublin Central constituency since 2011. Former councillor Mary Fitzpatrick is expected to contest the selection convention along with councillor David Costello. Former local election candidate Lorraine Clifford is also believed to be interested.
Although Brennan won't be running, a potential candidate can look forward to his support in the run-up to polling day next year.
"If they do put a candidate forward, I would look to help them," he said.