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Dubs' star Keaney stuns Gilroy by quitting football

DUBLIN GAA star Conal Keaney has quit football.

The talented forward has opted for the hurlers instead, and delivered the serious blow in a phone call to manager Pat Gilroy last night.

The multi-talented forward told Gilroy that he will not be available for selection this year and will instead concentrate on his hurling career.

The shock move ends speculation about Keaney's future, and follows a season when he was used as a part player during the Dubs All Ireland semi-final run.

The 28-year-old Ballyboden St Enda's man contacted both Gilroy and hurling manager Anthony Daly to announce the major decision on his future.

Although his future had been speculated about for some time, the decision comes as a major surprise. Keaney last hurled for Dublin in 2004 and has devoted his career since then to the footballers, winning five Leinster medals, and playing in three All Ireland semi-finals.

An ecstatic Daly described the Ballyboden St Enda's man's decision as "great news" and he predicted that Keaney would prove "an excellent addition" to his squad.

"He'll be a great addition and it's a serious boost for Dublin hurling."