Tuesday 18 December 2018

Damien Comer open to future link-up with Galway hurlers

Comer: "With Division 1 now, it’s going to be a hectic schedule." Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Damien Comer has admitted he would have considered making a commitment to the Galway hurlers in 2018 if the footballers had not made it to Division 1 this year.

And he has not ruled out trying to play with both teams at some stage in the future if the opportunity arose.

Comer, speaking at yesterday's launch of the Allianz Football League where Galway return to the top-flight for the first time since 2011, revealed he had spoken to Galway hurling manager Micheál Donoghue in the past about making a move.

Comer did not suggest an exclusive commitment to the hurlers was on his mind, ensuring football remained his priority, and admitted a dual role was "just not sustainable with the way it's gone".

He acknowledged that he'd need "two very compromising managers who would know you inside out," but it has been on his mind, he conceded.

"I maybe would have thought about it this year if we hadn't got Division 1 status. With Division 1 now, it's going to be a hectic schedule," he conceded.

"I played a good bit," he said of his hurling connection.

"We're an intermediate club so I play when I can. It's hard with the county (football) set-up.

"There would have been talk of joining the (hurling) panel the last two years.

"I've talked to him (Donoghue) a bit. It's just that I'd have a lot of work to do. Hurling wouldn't come as naturally to me as other lads who have been playing it all their life.

"I played underage and that but it would have been a bit different, I'd have had to be in the handball alley a lot more, working on skills and that.

"Look, it's something that's possibly there in future years. If the opportunity arose again then who knows, I might try it," said the 24-year-old.

Meanwhile, Comer admits Galway had hoped "common sense" would prevail and that their final round FBD Connacht League match with Roscommon this weekend would double up as the final.

"It makes sense to play it off now, have it done in January. I heard they were looking at that, but not now. The final will be played again but it's pointless really.

"The only positive thing is you'd play strong teams in those first three league games, and maybe lads looking to get into the team might get to show themselves (in a final)."

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