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ó hAilpín let go by Carlton

SETANTA ó hAilpín's career with Carlton football club is over. The club released a statement to say the 28-year-old "is no longer a required player" and will not be offering a deal to the out-of-contract former hurler.

ó hAilpín had requested a trade out of the Blues but the club failed to secure a deal for the Corkman by the 2pm Monday deadline.

"This was a very tough decision for us, Setanta has been an important part of our club for seven years since he arrived in Australia from Ireland," said Carlton CEO Greg Swann.

"We wish Setanta the very best and I know his enthusiasm will be missed around the Carlton Football Club," Swann added.

Down man Jamie O'Reilly is also out of a job after being let go by his club Richmond.

O'Reilly, who only played once for Richmond in an injury-plagued season, was out of contract with the club after reaching the end of a two-year deal.

Offaly in limbo

Offaly have been left in a state of limbo after the three leading candidates in the running for the post of senior football manager pulled out of the race.

Tom Coffey withdrew last week, while Jack Sheedy is expected to stay on with Kildare club Moorefield in 2012 after plans he submitted to the appointments committee were rejected.

Stephen Darby is also out of the running after refusing to accept the offer of a second interview because he felt he laid his plans out "comprehensively" in an interview three weeks ago.