Friday 24 November 2017

Seamus Coleman wants to eventually return to play Gaelic football in Donegal

Everton defender Seamus Coleman
Everton defender Seamus Coleman
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

He may be one of Ireland's most consistent Premier League performers at the moment but Seamus Coleman is planning a more low-key sporting life when he finally decides to bring his professional football career to an end.

Coleman hails from Killybegs in Donegal, where he played Gaelic football as a youngster while playing for his local soccer team. In an interesting interview in today's Irish Times, Coleman described the idyllic post-football life he imagines for himself.

Much like Damien Duff, Coleman wants to still play sports but at a level nowhere near the competitiveness of the Premier League.

"I’ve played my 50 games in the League of Ireland," he said.

"It could change, but I think I’ll play with friends at St Catherine’s [his local team]. They think I’m just saying that but that’s what I’m longing for, training on a Tuesday and Thursday night on the Astroturf or up on the Gaelic pitch with your friends. I was lucky enough to do that until I was 18. Hopefully I can go back and join in.”

Coleman is also a big GAA fan - his cousin is Dublin legend Dessie Farrell - and the Everton defender hopes to return to that sport too once he returns home from England.

“I’m definitely going home, I’m a homebird,” Coleman said.

“I’ll go back to Killybegs when I finish but I think it’ll be a case of playing for Killybegs GAA and St Catherine’s, the local club."

It is great to see that despite achieving so much success abroad that Coleman is still in touch with his Donegal roots.

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