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Sigerson winner Gavin still plans on spending summer away

WESTMEATH defender Kieran Gavin has reiterated that he won't be around for this year's Leinster senior football championship.

The Mullingar Shamrocks defender initially ruled himself out for the entire inter-county season because of plans to spend the summer in San Francisco.

He has since been persuaded by manager Brendan Hackett to make himself available for the National League, and he started their second game against Armagh.

Since that Valentine's Day massacre in Crossmaglen, the DCU student has enjoyed a far more profitable fortnight.

He helped his college land the O'Byrne Cup (as a second-half sub against Louth) and then achieve Sigerson Cup glory (starting at full-back in last Saturday's final against UCC).


Gavin will be back on Westmeath patrol this Saturday night, away to arch-rivals Meath in Navan's Páirc Tailteann (7.30), but there hasn't been any change of heart regarding his Stateside mission.

"I still have plans to travel away for the summer," he confirmed.

While flights aren't yet booked, he intends to spend around three months in California.

He is planning to jet out at the start of June, having completed his second year exams in Environmental Science and Health at DCU.

Although still only 21, Gavin is now overage for the under-21 grade.

After several hectic years with a variety of teams at different age levels, he is confident that a break from football will do him "no harm".

More immediately, he is hoping to banish memories of that Armagh defeat in Navan.

"All we can do is keep working hard and see how we go at the weekend. Hopefully it will turn out right for us," he concluded.