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Thursday 18 January 2018

Ballyboden star Keaney in no rush to make call on Dublin future

Conal Keaney in action for Ballyboden St Enda's. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Conal Keaney in action for Ballyboden St Enda's. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Conal Keaney will delay any decision on his Dublin hurling future until after Ballyboden St Enda's run in the All-Ireland club SFC has come to an end.

Keaney has met with Dubs manager Ger Cunningham in recent weeks but insists no decision was made on whether he'll rejoin the panel.

Dublin got their hands on their first piece of silverware under Cunnngham on Saturday, beating Wexford in the Walsh Cup final.

"I met him a good few weeks ago and had a brief chat and I said I was concentrating on the club and we left it at that, I didn't get involved in any other conversation with him," Keaney said.

"I'm just trying to keep everything as simple as possible. I'm playing with the club now and we'll see what happens after that.

"I'm not weighing up anything really. I'm going to wait and see how the football goes and how the body is.

"If there are the right circumstances to go back I'll go back and if not. . . that's the way it is at the minute, the same as the other of the lads who might be back with Dublin."


Ballyboden face Tipperary's Clonmel Commercials on Saturday week in Portlaoise and should they win that, Keaney would be in action on St Patrick's day.

The dual star is in no rush for the club's run to come to an end.

"I didn't even think we were going to beat Crokes the first day," he said.

"It's just momentum when you get a few wins, lads come out of themselves and you get one win after another and we got into the final.

"We didn't fear Vincent's at all. We were quietly confident going in and once you get out of Dublin anything can happen, as other teams that come out of Dublin seem to win it or get very close to it. So we're no different."

Like Clonmel, Ballyboden are hoping to secure their first All-Ireland title, with Keaney quick to hail the impact of manager Andy McEntee.

"He's one of the best managers I have ever had," he said of the Meath man.

"He cracks the whip when it needs to be cracked and there's that element of fear too. You never know what he is going to say or do.

"His man-management skills are top-class and on the line he makes the calls that need to be made, which is what you want and it's hard to get a manager who can do all that.

"He's up there with the top managers in the game at the minute."

Irish Independent

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