GALWAY STAR Shane Walsh has given his reasons for his potential shock move to Dublin football club Kilmacud Crokes.
Last week it was reported that Walsh, who starred in the All-Ireland final handed in a transfer request to join Crokes from Galway side Kilkerrin/Clonberne.
The news has been confirmed by Walsh himself.
Walsh explained that he was travelling and studying in Dublin. He believes that a move to the Stillorgan club would be a wise move.
"I’m living and studying in Dublin now so it’s the right move for me at this point in my career. Kilmacud Crokes are a great club, and it would be a wonderful challenge," he said.
The 29-year-old now lives in Dublin, where he is studying for a BA (Hons) in Physical Education at Portobello Institute.
“Thanks to John (Divilly, Galway selector) I’ve got a lift from him to training from Dublin a number of times throughout the season but travel certainly takes its toll on the body.
“I love football and want to keep playing for as long as I can.”
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The end of the statement indicates that he will return to Galway one day.
Kilkerrin/Clonberne will start their Galway Intermediate Championship campaign against Headford on Friday, 12 August at Tuam Stadium and the club are fighting to keep Walsh onboard.
Last week Kilkerrin-Clonberne chairman Ian Hynes said they were trying to retain the Galway sharpshooter, but nothing has been signed yet.
We are absolutely devastated. We have tried to persuade him to stay and nothing has been formally signed yet," Hynes said.
“We are going to fight this all the way. We recognise that Shane has given the club loyal service, but he is such an inspirational figure for all the young players coming through. Everybody here is in shock, particularly the juvenile players because he was such to hero to them.
“We believe it is wrong that a huge club like Kilmacud Crokes are allowed to do this. We are trying to keep the GAA alive in rural Ireland. We have 70 adult members and there are 600 houses in the parish.
Kilmacud Crokes start Dublin SFC title defence on Saturday when they face Raheny in Parnell Park.