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Carr set for new role in Westmeath

TOM CARR has agreed to take on a new role developing underage football structures in Westmeath, amid speculation that the former Dublin senior manager is poised to become minor manager in the Lake County.

Carr met with Westmeath minor board officials on Wednesday night although he has not committed – for now at least – to taking charge of the minors.

“I have agreed to do some work with the underage teams – I didn’t want to discuss management of the minor team yet,” the long-time Mullingar resident stressed.

“I said I would get involved and put structures in place, with all the underage teams from under-15 up to minor level.”

The aim is to provide continuity from U15 up and to ensure targets relating to skills, speed, and strength and conditioning are met along the way. Carr indicated that Westmeath made the approach because he is currently in the fourth and final year of a degree course in strength and conditioning, run by Setanta College in conjunction with Limerick IT.

Quinn adds to Irish misery

IN what has been a nightmare week for the Australian Football League’s Irish recruits, Essendon has added to their woes by confirming the delisting of Longford’s Michael Quinn.

Already this week Setanta ó hAilpín (Carlton), Jamie O’Reilly (Richmond) and Chris McKaigue (Sydney Swans) have been delisted by their clubs. However, in the case of O’Reilly, it was the Down man’s decision to leave the club as he wishes to focus on his studies at home for the next 12 months.

Quinn’s departure marks a disappointing end to what was an impressive AFL career in the early stages. Quinn made a precocious debut in just round two of his first season and went on to play six games in total including an elimination final.

While season 2010 was less successful for the rookie he played two senior games and was awarded ‘Best and Fairest’ player for the club’s feeder side Bendigo. He failed to play a senior game in season 2011.

The AFL’S newest franchise Greater Western Sydney could provide a career lifeline for ó hAilpín.

Meanwhile, Aussie preparation for the upcoming International Rules series is ramping up. They will officially gather on Sunday for the first time.