Friday 19 January 2018

Hopes dashed in Kingdom as Walsh set to stay Down Under

TOMMY WALSH is expected to remain on as an AFL player, dashing hopes that he was preparing to return home to Kerry and link up with the senior team again writes Colm Keys.

Walsh has been with Sydney Swans for the last season and made his Premiership debut in May, having spent two seasons as a rookie with St Kilda.

There has been speculation in Kerry that Walsh was considering a move home, but he looks set to see out the remaining two years of his new contract and see where it takes him. Walsh is currently recovering from a shoulder operation which he had in the wake of Sydney Swans' AFL Premiership success last month.

He did not make the squad for the Grand Final against Hawthorn but his coach has since spoken in glowing terms about the future contribution he can make after making three appearances.

Walsh would be an obvious boost to the Kerry team who had its managerial loose ends tied up last night when former great Mikey Sheehy joined current selector and four-time All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Diarmuid Murphy and former Tipperary hurling and Mayo football team trainer Cian O'Neill as selectors under Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Irish Independent

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