Wednesday 22 November 2017

Quigley set for Timahoe comeback

THE demoralising drain of inter-county footballers from their native Laois to Dublin clubs looks set to be partly reversed with the seemingly imminent return of Brendan Quigley to his native Timahoe.

While a formal transfer application has not yet been submitted, Timahoe officials contacted by the Evening Herald were “very hopeful” that their prodigal Laois midfielder will be togging out with the club this season.

It’s only 12 months since Quigley transferred from Timahoe to Fingallians, but his sojourn in Swords looks set to prove a pretty shortlived experience.

County board secretary Niall Handy has heard rumours of his possible return but confirmed that he hasn’t received any transfer application as of today. “We would be delighted to see him returning,” added Handy.

In recent years, seven Laois clubs - Annanough, Ballyroan Abbey, Clonaslee/St Manman's, Mountmellick, Portlaoise, Stradbally and Timahoe - have lost quality players to Dublin clubs.

Speaking to the Herald last month, this exodus prompted Handy to declare: “We are very disappointed to see it wasn't mentioned in the 'Blue Wave' - that Dublin have no problem in accepting these players into their system.”

Elsewhere, Offaly hurlers have been boosted by news that their experienced core - such as Rory Hanniffy, Brendan Murphy and David Franks - have recommitted for the coming season under new manager Ollie Baker.

“We had no retirements from last year’s panel,” Baker confirmed. “We have a training panel in training at the moment. We don’t have a panel named for the league or the upcoming Walsh Cup - we are going to bide our time until we get to February.”

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