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Monday 25 September 2017

Ex-Dub star Nolan looks primed for Monaghan switch

Former Dublin senior footballer Kevin Nolan at the launch of this year’s Volkswagen All-Ireland Senior Football Sevens. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Former Dublin senior footballer Kevin Nolan at the launch of this year’s Volkswagen All-Ireland Senior Football Sevens. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Dublin's 2011 All-Ireland final Man of the Match Kevin Nolan has indicated that he may switch clubs to Monaghan side Cremartin Shamrocks when he moves to live there next year and says he is open to the possibility of playing county football again for someone other than Dublin.

"I would still love to play inter-county football," said Nolan at the launch of this year's Kilmacud Crokes Sevens, hosted by his current club.

"But I wouldn't go looking. Things might happen in the next months or years that may mean that I'm playing football in a different county.

"I recently got engaged," he explained, "and there's a chance of me moving and relocating up to Monaghan.

Waned

"I know I'm at a Kilmacud launch now but looking down the line, there could be movement of club from Crokes to another club in Monaghan."

Nolan was diagnosed as being coeliac just three days after the 2011 All-Ireland final.

The following December, he was informed by doctors that he had Type 1 Diabetes.

His inter-county career subsequently waned under Jim Gavin and his last championship start came against Wexford in the 2014 Leinster SFC.

"Yes there's been knocks and yes, there's been setbacks but I'm just trying to get over it and stay as positive as I can and improve," he explained.

"I have seen an improvement in fitness over the last couple of months and it's like that.

"You have to keep adding on to that. If there's a training session and the lads are doing running, you have to stay out there and try and do an extra bit."

Asked when he was likely to complete the switch, Nolan explained: "I'm not putting an actual date on it."

And the 2007 All-Ireland club winner insisted he was eager to replicate that feat with the current bunch prior to his departure.

"If I'm still involved with Crokes in seven or eight months time when we're getting ready for an All-Ireland final - that's my aim," Nolan outlined.

"And that's exactly what we're trying to do. As a club, that's what we have to strive for. That's the philosophy of the club.

"That's what I was involved in seven or eight years ago when we were winning stuff.

"It's been too long," the former Dublin defender added.

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