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Sean Hurley. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Sean Hurley. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Sean Hurley. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

KILDARE could be about to lose another senior footballer to the Australian Football League (AFL), with reports from Down Under suggesting that Seán Hurley is expected to join Fremantle in October.

Hurley, who participated in the AFL Draft Combine in 2012, trialled with the Dockers at the end of last year but wasn't signed on despite having apparently impressed with his speed, aerobic fitness and kicking skills.

The official AFL website has reported that Hurley and Fremantle have been working on agreement that would see the 22-year-old join the west coast outfit at the end of the current GAA season. He would be registered as an international category B rookie.

The Johnstownbridge man made his senior Championship debut in 2011 but became a regular under Kieran McGeeney last season. He has also been prominent during the current Allianz League campaign.

FORMER Laois midfielder Brendan Quigley will captain New York in this year's Connacht SFC opener against All-Ireland finalists Mayo.

"To be a captain of any team is an honour. I really wasn't expecting it when Ian (Galvin) gave me a phone call. But I was definitely delighted. I'm very proud to take it on," said Quigley.

The Timahoe native described training as "a lot more professional" than he'd expected and "close enough to what you'd be doing at home".

Meanwhile, the Connacht Council has agreed to an RTE request to bring the May 4 throw-in forward to 7.30pm Irish time, thereby facilitating the broadcast of highlights.

OFFALY (SF v Limerick): A Mulhall; D Brady, D Hanlon, J O'Connor; N Darby, J Moloney, M Brazil; R Allen, N Smith; P Sullivan, A Sullivan, E Carroll; C Hurley, N McNamee, P Cunningham.


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