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Healy commits to Laois cause

CAHIR HEALY has recommitted himself to the Laois football cause for 2012, even though he is now working full-time in London.

The highly-rated defender is to continue jetting home from the English capital to assist Portlaoise's quest for Leinster club honours, following their latest Laois SFC triumph against Graiguecullen.

Healy has been based in London for the past 13 months, originally as a post-grad student, and he is now just six weeks into his teaching job.

"It will be tough. I'm working this year and it's a lot harder to get out training," he told the Evening Herald.

"I either train with a club over there or, if there's no training, I just train on my own. Then I come home on Friday night for the games.

"Look, it's tough but I'd sooner have the games to come home for than if we were beaten in the first round."

A proven man-marker who has excelled in both codes, Healy will definitely be involved when Portlaoise launch their Leinster SFC campaign against the Louth champions on November 13.

Beyond that, he also plans to "give it a go" once more with the Laois footballers, promising: "I'll do my very best to make it work."

One Portlaoise 'emigrant' who won't be around for the Leinster club championship is rising Aussie Rules star Zach Tuohy, who played a key role in last Sunday's victory.

Tuohy has been called up to Ireland's panel for the International Rules tour to Australia, and will then be staying Down Under for pre-season training with Carlton.

However, the former underage star plans to be back for Portlaoise's six-in-a-row assault, presuming they are still involved at the business end of next year's Laois SFC.