Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lyng insists football will be No 1 priority in dual existence

Wexfords' Ciaran Lyng
Wexfords' Ciaran Lyng
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Ciaran Lyng has reaffirmed that his priority will remain with the Wexford footballers, despite committing to both codes at inter-county level for the coming months.

Lyng has accepted an invitation from manager Liam Dunne to train with the Wexford hurlers when they begin preparations for the 2013 season.

Lee Chin and Andrew Shore are also embarking on a dual route in the county, but Lyng has emphasised that he will not be turning his back on the footballers in any way.

"I have been on the football panel for six years, I owe a lot to my friends on that panel, the senior players there. (New boss) Aidan O'Brien is very good too, he's an exceptional manager, a popular choice to take the job on," said Lyng, who was one of the most prominent Wexford football figures during some progressive years under Jason Ryan's management.

"There are three league games that clash so you are talking about being available for at least two hurling games. If we're playing the same weekend as the footballers, I'll be playing with the footballers.

"Football is important to me. We've made small strides in the last few years and I'm conscious of that."

But Lyng, who played soccer with Preston North End in his late teens, admits that hurling with Wexford is something that he has always had in the back of his mind. His brother Diarmuid is a regular with the hurlers and Ciaran himself has a Wexford hurling championship medal with St Martin's from 2008. He revealed that he was asked into the hurling squad prior to this year's championship but felt it was too late to commit.

"I've always liked hurling and I would like to have some role with the hurlers. I think they are going somewhere. No one outside of the group thinks they are, but I do.

"Having said that, I know it's going to be difficult. We'll see how it goes trying to fit preparations for both in. I'll take it up to the league and see how it works out."

Dual players are extremely rare these days, with Cork's Eoin Cadogan the highest-profile, though his priority in the past has been to opt with the hurlers when there is a clash.

Dunne has consistently said since taking over as Wexford boss that he would pursue dual players who are committed to the football squad.

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