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Royal door 'always open' for Joe return

SEAMUS McEnaney has predictably left the door open for Joe Sheridan to return to the Meath setup after his shock announcement that he was emigrating to America - but the Royals supremo doesn't envisage such a scenario developing any time soon.

Sheridan, who left the county yesterday to take up a new job in Boston, only announced his decision to team mates after Saturday's Allianz Division 2 defeat by Galway -- a match in which he came off the bench and scored a goal. "The door is always open to Joe and he knows that," insisted McEnaney. "In the 15 or 16 months I have been in the Meath job I have found Joe an absolute pleasure to work with," the Monaghan man continued. "He's a really food fella and he was just getting himself back to where he wanted to be.

"I was shocked when he told me of his intentions because he has worked very hard over the last few months. We obviously wanted him to stay but he felt he had to go so you can't stand in anybody's way either."

Sheridan -- best known for his controversial 'goal' in the 2010 Leinster final -- had been working in waste disposal in Ireland but decided that the job offer in America was too good to turn down.

"After a lot of thought I have decided to emigrate to take up an opportunity I simply could not refuse," read a statement issued by the Seneschalstown man. "I finalised my decision to travel on Friday last.

"I would like to thank the Meath senior football team management and the Meath County Board who worked hard to secure employment for me."