THERE was at least some good news for Kildare yesterday in Newbridge when Jason Ryan confirmed that Daniel Flynn would not be returning to Australia to pursue a professional career in the AFL.
Flynn, a star of last year's Leinster Under-21-winning team, who subsequently figured in Kieran McGeeney's Championship XV at wing-forward, signed a two-year rookie deal with Aussie Rules club, Port Adelaide last October.
After a scheduled trip home, however, Flynn has decided not to return and trained with Kildare's under-21s yesterday morning.
"He's missed Gaelic football an awful lot," explained Ryan.
"He's looking forward to being involved maybe in the under-21 game on Wednesday night and being involved with the seniors over the course of the year.
"He's an incredibly talented kid with a brilliant attitude so Port Adelaide's loss will be Kildare's gain."
This week will also see a return to training for Johnny Doyle, although it is unlikely that either will feature next Saturday night when Kildare travel to Croke Park to take an All-Ireland champions Dublin.
"Everybody in Division One is so, so competitive that we have to perform very well against Dublin or we'll get a pasting," Ryan stressed. "That's a fact. Last year we got a few pastings and our big target is being competitive in every single game regardless of who we're playing against and then our hope of surviving in Division One but we're in a bit of a dogfight now."