Monday 23 October 2017

Dublin boost as Ciarán Kilkenny quits AFL to return home

Ciaran Kilkenny. Photo: Sportsfile
Ciaran Kilkenny. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

DUBLIN GAA received a massive and unexpected boost today when Ciarán Kilkenny sensationally announced he will not be returning to Australia this month.

The hugely talented dual player signed with AFL outfit Hawthorn and left in mid-November to embark on his new career.

He returned to Ireland prior to Christmas and had been due to travel back to Oz. However, he has had a dramatic change of heart and will now stay in the country and join up with Jim Gavin’s Dublin senior football panel.

“I’ve come to realise also that although I enjoy the game of Australian Rules football, it could never replace the satisfaction I get from the round ball or a sliotar,” Kilkenny explained in a statement released on his Twitter account.

“Sport has always been something I did for enjoyment and I have found that it’s not something I can do merely because it’s my job.”

The news could also a major boost to Anthony Daly and his Dublin hurlers. Kilkenny had intimated that he would attempt to combine both codes this year prior to signing with Hawthorn.

Kilkenny won an U-21 All-Ireland under Gavin’s management last year. He was called into Pat Gilroy’s senior squad and started the All-Ireland semi-final.

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