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'I’m Still Tossing Up Whether I’m Going To Go Back Full-Time'

'I’m Still Tossing Up Whether I’m Going To Go Back Full-Time'
By PJ Browne Updated

Ciaran Byrne is unsure if he will return to Australia to see out the remainder of his contract with the Carlton Blues.

The Louth man is currently at home in Ireland. Last month, he made a surprise substitute appearance for his club, St. Mochta's, as they reached the Louth IFC final for the first time in 37 years.

Byrne, who played senior football for Louth in the 2013 Championship, made the move to Carlton five years ago. He made his debut in 2015 but a series of injuries - including a ruptured ACL - have restricted him to just 22 appearances for the club.

"They want me back and they’ve been on the phone to me most days since I’ve come back to Ireland. I’m still tossing up whether I’m going to go back full-time," the 23-year-old told the Dundalk Democrat.

His contract with the club - which he signed an extension to last year - runs until the end of 2019.

There are a lot of rumours going around the place, it’s all over Twitter. I’ve another year left on my contract, but I’m going through a process and weighing up my options over whether AFL is still completely for me.

I’ve loved my time out there, I’ve been there for five years, but I’ve come home at the right time now, the Mochta’s are flying, there is talk of the new Louth stadium, and Louth have to announce a new manager.

Byrne added that he is due to return to Australia for pre-season training in early November.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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