Wednesday 16 October 2019

Keaney mulls over Dublin future after Laois shock

Conal Keaney: 'It was a gamble by Mattie (Kenny) playing me. He didn't have to start me against Galway'. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Conal Keaney: 'It was a gamble by Mattie (Kenny) playing me. He didn't have to start me against Galway'. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Conal Keaney has "no idea" what his inter-county future holds heading into 2020 but the Dublin hurling stalwart still has a lot of lingering hurt after their shock summer exit at the hands of Laois.

Few will forget the scenes in Parnell Park on that dramatic Saturday night in June when the Dubs knocked Galway out of the championship, with Keaney delivering a virtuoso performance.

It was all for nothing three weeks later, however, as Laois stunned Mattie Kenny's side to end their aspirations abruptly and leave Keaney's Dublin future in doubt after a remarkable comeback.

"It was always a gamble. At this stage of my career, if you play one bad game people say you're finished. So I was very conscious of that and I knew I had to produce," the 37-year-old attacker said.

"It was a gamble maybe by Mattie playing me. He didn't have to start me against Galway so I was happy with that and the result but that win means nothing now and you have to move on.

"It's a big learning curve for the team and for everyone, management included. But it's not as if these lads become bad overnight, it was a bad performance but I'd still say that we're very, very close to it. But it doesn't make any difference in the grand scheme of things, you can say that every year."

While the call on his Dublin future will be made in the coming months, Keaney's immediate attention is on a Dublin SFC quarter-final with Ballyboden St Enda's against Na Fianna this Saturday night in Parnell Park.

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