Wednesday 21 March 2018

Andy Moran confirms the news that all Mayo fans were waiting to hear

Last year Moran passed the record number of appearances for a Mayo player. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Last year Moran passed the record number of appearances for a Mayo player. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

ANDY Moran is almost certain to be part of Mayo’s 2018 All-Ireland effort after ruling out any possibility that he might retire from inter-county football.

Speaking today after he was named PWC Footballer of the Month for August, Moran – who will turn 34 in November – revealed that he and his wife, Jenny, were expecting a second child next January.

“Fingers crossed everything goes well there I’ll be back in 2018,” he confirmed.

“This thing about quitting…I’ll go when the likes of Stephen Rochford and these boys run me,” Moran added.

“I suppose that’s the way we were kind of brought up in the town where we’re from.

“So I don’t think I’d ever have it in my head that we were going to quit. If Jenny backs and family life kind of goes with it, yeah, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t go back, to be honest.”

Speaking about the aftermath of what was a sixth losing All-Ireland final for Mayo in his career, Moran said the feeling was almost identical to last October, when they were beaten by Dublin in a replay.

“Is there a difference to last year? There probably isn’t, if I’m honest,” he outlined.

“It’s the same, I suppose, net result as we got last year in terms of a result from an All-Ireland final.

“But life goes on, as they say. I had to go back to work on Wednesday. I have a little girl at home. So life goes on. It’s a game. We lost it. We just have to go again and see what we learn from it.

“We’re in a very privileged positon. We’re from Mayo, as ye’ know, we’re a bit nuts, as they say. And our first League game next year…we’ll probably have 15,000 people at it in McHale Park.

“That definitely makes it a bit easier. It definitely make it a bit easier that the supporters and players are aligned in where they want to go to and what we want to get.

“Is it as easy as just saying ‘let’s go again?’ It’s not. You have to go away and you have to reflect and see where you’re going to go yourself in terms of your family life and your work life and stuff like that.

“But in terms of football, this is what we do. This is what we love. So we just go at it again.”

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