Tuesday 24 October 2017

Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy denies becoming a full-time footballer

Kerry's Kieran Donaghy
Kerry's Kieran Donaghy

Kieran Donaghy has publicly confirmed that he is leaving his position with Ulster Bank but is already looking at alternative employment.

It had been believed that the Austin Stacks man would postpone seeking a new job until  after Kerry's championship run had concluded.

The 31-year-old Kerry captain will lead the county's attempt to retain their Munster and All-Ireland titles.

In a statement released on Twitter, Donaghy clarified: "I'm finishing up with Ulster Bank Tralee in the coming days.

"I'd like to thank all staff and management at Ulster Bank for a great experience. It's the right time and the start if a new journey for me.

"However contrary to reports in the media today I am looking for new opportunities in employment and excited for what the future holds."

Donegal defender Karl Lacey revealed he would not be actively seeking work until after their Championship interest was at an end.

Lacey also worked for Ulster Bank before completing a master's degree in sports performance at UL last January.

Lacey's Donegal captain Michael Murphy put off a return to college in 2013 so that he could pour more of his time into football.

Less than six months ago, Donaghy's team-mate Darran O'Sullivan also left the Ulster Bank to take up a role as an athlete mentor with Sky Sports, saying the hours were more suitable. "I left Ulster Bank to concentrate on keeping the body right," he explained in January. "It just wasn't suiting me."

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