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Brisbane future looks shaky for former Laois star

COLM Begley's future with the Brisbane Lions could be over after it emerged that he still hasn't signed a deal for the new season, writes Martin Breheny.

The 22-year-old Laois man admitted yesterday that he wasn't sure what the future held, but said he was putting club considerations to concentrate on playing for Ireland in the International Rules series.

"I'd love to stay with the Brisbane Lions but there has been no indication one way or the other yet. They're still wondering whether they're going to keep me. I've got my manager looking at other clubs, so if it comes to it and they say 'we're not offering you another contract' we'll have a look at the other clubs around Melbourne or Sydney'," he said.

"I was expecting to be kept on, but as time goes on it could be going the other way. It's a business in the end. Brisbane have made a few big signings this year and there's a new coach and selection squad there, so whether they choose to keep me is another thing. For now though, I'm concentrating on playing with Ireland," said Begley.

Brisbane Lions refused to discuss the situation when contacted by the Irish Independent. "I can't talk about it at the moment," said Football Operations Manager, Graeme Allen.

It doesn't look very encouraging for the Stradbally star who signed with Brisbane in 2005. Ironically, Allen played a major role in his decision to join the Lions.

Begley made a quick impression, gaining promotion to the senior team in his first season, but suffered a setback when he sustained an injury which kept him out for a crucial period. He also had injury problems last season, but is now fully fit, having played and trained with Stradbally during his recent trip home.

Irish captain Sean Cavanagh and five other squad members -- who had club commitments at the weekend -- Benny Coulter, Tom Parsons, Ciaran McKeever, Killian Young and Aaron Kernan arrived in Perth yesterday afternoon.

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