Monday 18 December 2017

Former Kildare star Reynolds free to make Leitrim debut

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

FORMER Kildare underage star Cian Reynolds could line out for Leitrim in the FBD League next weekend despite the fact that he was college-tied in Leinster up to now.

The former Kildare minor and U-21, who will continue to play his club football with Athy, has just transferred his allegiance to Leitrim under the parentage rule, as his father is from Ballinamore.

Reynolds has not been available to the Connacht side yet because he was lining out for IT Carlow in the O'Byrne Cup, and he will also line out for his college when they compete against Athlone IT in the Sigerson Cup.

But the fact that his college's involvement in the O'Byrne Cup finished last weekend frees up the 21-year-old to make his competitive debut for Leitrim.

Students can declare for only one team – either college or county – within their province at this stage of the year but they can line out for a second team in one of the other early season competitions if it is in another province.

Reynolds' first allegiance heretofore was to IT Carlow, but Leitrim are hopeful that he will quickly now line out for them.

With one round of group games to go, Barney Breen and George Dugdale's side already have one foot in the FBD final.

Leitrim beat Roscommon and then notched up a memorable one-point victory over Mayo last weekend, their first win over them since 1994. They play GMIT in their final group game next weekend and, barring a massive shock, will top their group and meet the winners of Galway and Sligo in the final.

Leitrim were decimated by emigration in recent seasons but their personnel problems finally seem to have taken an upturn, with Enda Williams and Barry Prior returning from Australia and Gary Reynolds due back from Down Under next week to bolster the side.

Irish Independent

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