Thursday 21 November 2019

Foley opts out of Kildare squad for the season

30-year-old Athy defender, Mick Foley, has confirmed that he is not available this year because he has undertaken additional studies on top of his job as a secondary school teacher.
30-year-old Athy defender, Mick Foley, has confirmed that he is not available this year because he has undertaken additional studies on top of his job as a secondary school teacher.

Cliona Foley

KILDARE footballers will be without 2011 All Star Mick Foley for this year.

The 30-year-old Athy defender has confirmed that he is not available this year because he has undertaken on additional studies on top of his job as a secondary school teacher.

"There isn't enough time for both," he said. "I'm teaching full-time and I'm also doing a course.

"I'm trying to upscale myself in teaching maths and I won't be playing with Kildare this year."

Foley's withdrawal has sparked speculation that he may not return in future.

He made his senior debut for the Lilywhites in 2004 after winning a Leinster U-21 medal and has featured in a variety of positions across their defence, as well as midfield. He has also won county titles with Athy.

He started at full-back against Louth and Meath in last summer's Leinster SFC but did not feature in their one-point qualifier victory over Clare and only made a late appearance, off the bench, in their subsequent extra-time loss to Monaghan.

On that occasion he replaced Hugh McGrillen, who has also withdrawn from the squad this year as he is going travelling.

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But one fillip for manager Jason Ryan is that their other former All-Star defender Peter Kelly, is just back after missing most of last year with injury.

Elsewhere, retiring Down hurler Paul Braniff has urged the GAA to re-think the hurling review committee's suggestion to take the Christy Ring final out of Croke Park.

They have suggested that second-tier finalists might get more acknowledgement if the final was played as a curtain-raiser before a Liam MacCarthy Cup qualifier, but Braniff disagrees.

"If you're walking up the steps to receive a bit of silverware (in Croke Park), how does that compare with receiving it in Cusack Park or whatever?" he asked.

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