Saturday 23 November 2019

Flynn bound for America in fresh blow to Lilywhites

Departing Daniel Flynn heading to America for the summer
Departing Daniel Flynn heading to America for the summer
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kildare football has been hit by another departure as Daniel Flynn has quit the squad to travel America for the summer.

Flynn informed management of his plans in recent days and it is a blow to them, coming so soon after confirmation that Keith Cribbin had sustained a cruciate ligament injury while playing a club league game with Johnstownbridge.

Cribbin, who had been nailing down a spot in the half-back line throughout the League, will be out until at least the end of next year's League as he is only due to have surgery next month.

Kildare selector Morgan O'Callaghan confirmed that Flynn would not be part of their Championship plans but added that he would have missed the Laois game anyway because of an injury he has been carrying since the end of the League.

"He hadn't trained fully with us since the Galway game and probably wouldn't have been with us against Laois," said O'Callaghan. "But in the long term he is a loss to us."

Flynn quit his career with AFL club Port Adelaide in January having spent just a year with them.

He had been home for a spell early last year and contemplated quitting at that stage but returned to see out his first season Down Under.

He didn't play much League football with Kildare but had an impact in his first game back against Cavan when he scored an important goal.

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He came off the bench at half-time in the Galway game that condemned the Lilywhites to relegation to Division 3.

Kildare also lost Tomas O'Connor after the League campaign when he opted out because of a lack of game-time.

Before the League had begun Mick Foley and Hugh McGrillen both left the squad, with Foley ending his inter-county career and McGrillen taking a break.

Paddy Brophy and Sean Hurley are currently with AFL clubs, having switched late last year.

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