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Kennelly considers return for O’Connor’s Kingdom

TADHG KENNELLY has revealed that a second stint with Kerry is "definitely a consideration" after calling time on his Aussie Rules career.

The former Sydney Swan, currently part of Anthony Tohill’s Ireland International Rules panel, retired from AFL action at the end of last season, citing his constant battle with a long standing knee injury as one of the primary factors in his decision.

Initially, he had signalled his intentions to take up a career in the media but the Listowel native has added fuel to speculation he could return to the green and gold before the start of next year by stating: “Playing with Kerry is definitely a consideration, but there is an awful lot I have to consider privately and professionally. Where I am going to be in 10 years time?

“A lot of that will be in this decision I am going to make in the next couple of weeks. I am definitely considering it. I will sit down with my family and close friends and consider it.”

Kennelly, who was 30 in July, last played for Kerry in 2009 when he helped Jack O’Connor’s men to an All-Ireland and he himself was honoured with an All Star for his performances over the course of the season.

LAOIS forward Donie Kingston is not expected to be involved with Justin McNulty’s squad next year although Michael John Tierney has ended speculation by declaring his intentions to tog out for the O’Moore county in 2012.

The talented Kingston failed to nail down a consistent place in McNulty’s team this year and local speculation has been rife that he will opt out of representing his county when action resumes in January.

Tierney, meanwhile, didn’t attend scheduled fitness tests for the squad due to his club involvement with Parnell’s but has signalled his intentions to remain involved with Laois next season.

“Some players have opted out and we’re working with the players who are committed to Laois football,” said McNulty, who has already lost Gary Kavanagh and Paul Begley from his ranks.

“There are players who have different commitments to make and they’re not able to commit for the coming season. That’s their own prerogative and I respect that.”