Saturday 16 December 2017

Stradbally rue Begley blow

Colm Begley has moved to Parnells
Colm Begley has moved to Parnells

MARTIN BREHENY

STRADBALLY'S disappointment at losing Colm Begley to Dublin club Parnells is reflected on their website posting.

"Unfortunately and reluctantly, Stradbally has signed the transfer for Colm Begley to change clubs to Parnells of Dublin.

"It is with regret that we see bigger clubs enticing and hoovering up the rural clubs' young footballers," runs the statement.

Every player and every club is entitled to do what's best for them but there has to be concern in the GAA over the number of players from the Dublin commuter belt -- especially from Laois -- who leave their home clubs to play in the city. Is there more to it than mere convenience?

Irish Independent

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