Monday 19 August 2019

Clontarf's Lloyd hoping to sign off in style

Angus Lloyd. Photo: Sportsfile
Angus Lloyd. Photo: Sportsfile

Angus Lloyd has a lot going on at the minute. Already involved in the pursuit of a medical degree, the scrum-half is hoping to sign off on an excellent season with Clontarf with the AIL title on Sunday.

Then, he'll get ready to rejoin the ranks of the professionals as he moves to Connacht on a full-time basis having spent part of this season with the province.

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) will help facilitate the move and he'll combine his role with his studies in Galway.

"I thought I was good enough to do it. And, 'Was I going to get another look?' I didn't know," he said of getting back into the pro game after stints with Munster and Ulster. "I was pretty content with sticking with medicine, but if the opportunity arose and everyone was flexible, I'd definitely take it, which it has.

"I got a three-month contract off Connacht, went down and gave it a stab as best I could. Luckily enough, I got something off the back of it.

"It's going to be tough and when I went to RCSI with it I didn't think they'd say yes. When Connacht first approached me, Andy Friend rang me asking would I be keen. 'Yeah, I'd be really keen, but I have to figure it out with college'.

"If they had said no, I wouldn't have gone. From my experience of it last time, it's just very fickle. So it wasn't worth putting everything on the line... It will be tough, but I think it's doable."

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