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ó hAilpín looking to extend his Aussie Rules career

SETANTA ó hAILPíN has put his hand up for selection at the 2011 national draft next Thursday after making his decision to continue his AFL career with another club official.

The former Carlton player's name has been listed on the draft nominations document released by the AFL meaning he should find out his football fate within days.

The former Cork hurler was delisted by the Blues at the end of season 2011 having come to the end of his contract despite the fact he featured for the Melbourne-based side in the finals.

As for where ó hAilpín's future lies, the AFL's newest franchise Greater Western Sydney Giants are favourites to give the Cork man a career lifeline with the club's coach, also a former Australian International Rules boss, Kevin Sheedy publically praising the former Carlton footballer's football credentials in the build up to the draft.

"I'm always interested in players that have got an opportunity to put their hand up and keep playing. We have done very well out of that over the years," Sheedy said.

"He is a player that you may be still to see the best of him. He is a player that can play quite well, the final he played (against West Coast) he almost helped them win the game." However, whispers in AFL circles suggest that GWS may not be the only club interested in the Corkman's signature. The Western Bulldogs are also said to be looking to stock up on a tall forward.

Elsewhere, Jim Stynes has again deified the odds to make an inspirational public appearance.

He attended an official breakfast for his beloved Reach foundation at Crown again showing that he won't let his cancer battle keep him from supporting the cause he founded to help Melbourne's youth.

The former Dublin minor has been fighting a very public battle with the disease for over two years. He is currently trialling an experimental cancer drug.


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